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 Post subject: M9L34889 Frame Number
PostPosted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Anyone an idea which maker use this type of frame number :)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:15 pm 
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Have you got anything other than just the number as a starting point?
Might help if you can narrow it down any further - eg - do you know which country it's most likely from or even which decade? What it's made from?
Where is the serial no - eg - under bb & if so where specifically - or say on fork crown or one of rear stays?
Are there any other markings or logos under bb or anywhere else?
Have you got any photos, inc whole bike + details of lugs, bridges, seat stay caps or anything at all that looks distinctive?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:22 pm 
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The bike is on another subject viewtopic.php?f=12&t=249531
All the photos are there, serial on centre across bb


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:23 pm 
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I'm talking nonsense!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:47 pm 
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Just assuming the Tour of Britain sticker was relevant - I know at least 3 brands did 'ToB' bikes - Jack Taylor (numbers only, 4 digits rear stay), Viking (I think also numbers only & 3 digits) & then BSA who did mix numbers & letters but not sure what format & possibly had 2 different numbers...
Then again, the sticker may not be relevant at all!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:56 pm 
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Now BSA is one I haven't checked :)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:02 pm 
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photoman125 wrote:
Now BSA is one I haven't checked :)


I doubt it's a BSA of the era it would appear to be. They were Carlton/Raleigh clones by then.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:12 pm 
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I've got a feeling the stickers may be a red herring, just put on when the paint job was. The bike originally would have had 2 tone red/chrome or even all chrome forks. The frame has always been red though.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 8:25 pm 
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It seems that you need to have an idea who the maker could be & then see if their serial no sequence matches rather than the other way round & starting with the serial no. There have just been too many makes over the years to make it possible.
Or have a stroke of luck & find someone who happens to have a bike with a close match to yours.

I've been looking at loads of numbers trying to i-d my own bike with very little success at the mo. (3 digit numbers, most likely 531c from 80's/90's British builder) but will do my own post on that with some pics some time rather than hijack this!

So back to yours - isn't it logical that a long-ish number that also requires prefix letters would be a fairly big volume producer? I've noticed though that a lot of Raleigh & Puch numbers are numbers only, even if quite long...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:53 pm 
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Just stumbled on this quite by accident:
http://classicrendezvous.com/British_is ... gistry.htm
After Harry Quinn retired some time around the 80's, some Falcon/Townsends were badged as Harry Quinns with the serial no sequence: 'M-number-letter-5numbers'.
Seems fairly close.

Still no closer on mine though... Anyone know any names of small frame builders in Lancs c.1990 other than Terry Dolan or Keith Coppell?


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