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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:19 pm 
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I realise this may be in the wrong section but could any kind chap shed light on the era of which this bike is from....its just been handed to me and I really like it! Everything works as it should....even the dynamo....what year ish? :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 11:03 pm 
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I would place this late 1930's, from what I can see.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 5:16 pm 
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Im thinking 1930's as well. Does it have a date on the rear hub gear shell?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:10 pm 
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Blacktopdisciple wrote:
Im thinking 1930's as well. Does it have a date on the rear hub gear shell?


Good thinking batman...why didn't I think of that?! I will check when my gallon of commercial grade de-greaser arrives :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:12 pm 
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Cable brakes!!! Would they not date it later than the 30s?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:29 pm 
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Just taken some gunk de-greaser to the rear hub.....underneath all the grime was a spankingly shiny stainless SA piece....it has lots of numbers stamped on it .Here they are

527629
527632
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216572
219045

So what date?! :-)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:36 pm 
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There is also an embossed frame number of what I think is MB5583 tho is very hard to make out


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:01 pm 
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I thought it looked like the 1938 trigger, which was new then. Cable brakes started in the 1900's.
The numbers are the patents. Usually says "AW8" somewhere, if there is no indicator rod on the left. 1938 was really the first year of the AW, but there were also other SA gears all having the indicator on the left of the hub axle.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:58 am 
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Doesn't have much chrome which could suggest wartime issue ie 1940's.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:42 pm 
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The seatstays don't bolt on to the frame, which as a style guide usually suggests postwar. Brooks saddles often have a date stamp on the frame too.


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