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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:04 pm 
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I've just bought a bike and would really appreciate some help on the maker.

Its made from Reynolds 531 tubing and I've dated the Reynolds badge to 1975-79, the frame has a makers name of Carless and I can find nothing on this name? It has a full Campy chainset and hubs with Cinelli bars and stem so i'm guessing it was a reasonable bike in its day but internet searches come up with nothing. Any help would be hugely appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:05 pm 
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.......you could start with this bike shop that's listed on the net

<< G Carless Cycles 15 Hightown Crewe Cheshire CW1 3BP tel:01270 213642 >>


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:07 pm 
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It looks like it has the type of wrapover stays used on Brian Rourke frames.

There's apparently a Carless bike shop in Crewe:

Carless, 15 Hightown, (Crewe CW1 3BP)
http://www.zettai.net/find/staffordshire/cycle-shops/

which is not too far from Brian Rourke in Stoke.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:25 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for the leads. There's a rather lovely Flandria on the forum and i'd noticed the similarities, I was just having a look on the BR website.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:07 pm 
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Dave Hinde used to be their wheel builder before he started his own business. They were frequent advertisers in 'Cycling'.

They also had a model railway side to the business. A one-stop-shop for me!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Now ive got it home I can see it has EO stamped in a diamond and I think that's a BR trade mark along with the wrap over seat stays, it also has a frame number of 270 but I'm not sure if that is just a model reference?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Location: Completely in the dark, thanks to me good mate Terry....
antozzi48 wrote:
Now ive got it home I can see it has EO stamped in a diamond and I think that's a BR trade mark along with the wrap over seat stays, it also has a frame number of 270 but I'm not sure if that is just a model reference?


Must admit, I wasn't aware that (ANC Halfords team "Peugeots" aside) Brian Rourke ever built "outside" jobs.

David


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:47 pm 
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EO and diamond stampings were usually an Everest manufacturing mark, Everest being the manufacturer of the BB shell.

Shaun


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:56 am 
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Ok, that makes sence. I'm learning something new all the time here. I'm new to old bikes so thanks. :D


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:30 am 
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Here I thought Car-less was just a cyclist's fantasy


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