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 Post subject: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:19 pm 
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Hi
I recentley posted Some photos of a bike I bought and the replies I got were really helpful.
I've sent an email to rourkes with the frame number which is 2156 (stamped on the frame and on the forks), hoping they could verify that it was actually a Rourke. As of yet they haven't replied, so i'm hoping someone might know if that sounds like a Rourke frame number!
When it was stripped the paint paint looked very original near the decals and on the openings of the tubes but it had been touched up (badly) over the years.

Any help would again be much appreciated

thanks Gary


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:02 pm 
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Jason Rourke of Brian Rourke Cycles has been responsive to bike inquiries. IMO, The lack of wrap around seat stays, a Rourke build tradition would create some doubt that it is a Rourke.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Three points to reply to:

I have three Rourke frames, two road and one mtb, and none of them have frame numbers (that I can find).

I have e-mailed Rourke, and never got replies (same at Roberts), so I think you are probably better ringing them (same as Roberts).

As far as I am aware (and I'm pretty sure of this), if a frame does not have wrap over seat stays, then it was not made by Rourke. Although, I have seen many frames painted by Rourke and wearing the name.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:03 pm 
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Rourke do use frame numbers or at least they did on their earlier frames, although as has already been pointed out, wraparound seat stays would be typical of rourke. To get more info you could try posting on London fixed, Jason rourke is a member there and should pick up on the post.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:27 am 
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Robbied196 wrote:
Rourke do use frame numbers or at least they did on their earlier frames,


Where are they usually located? I've been all over my three with a bright torch, and I can't find a thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:36 am 
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NeilM wrote:
Robbied196 wrote:
Rourke do use frame numbers or at least they did on their earlier frames,


Where are they usually located? I've been all over my three with a bright torch, and I can't find a thing.


Mine was under the bottom bracket, No. 872. Built by Paul Washington paint by Bob Dawson. I can't find the date now but I think it was 1980, not sure that sheds any light on their numbering system :?

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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:46 pm 
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I'll check my 653 frame again, but I know there is nothing on either of my 853 frames, both of which are probably Jason's work.


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 Post subject: Re: Any Rourke Owners?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:52 pm 
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Gadge wrote:
Hi
I recentley posted Some photos of a bike I bought and the replies I got were really helpful.
I've sent an email to rourkes with the frame number which is 2156 (stamped on the frame and on the forks), hoping they could verify that it was actually a Rourke. As of yet they haven't replied, so i'm hoping someone might know if that sounds like a Rourke frame number!
When it was stripped the paint paint looked very original near the decals and on the openings of the tubes but it had been touched up (badly) over the years.

Any help would again be much appreciated

thanks Gary

Apart from the lack of wrapover seat stays the forks[if origonal] don`t look quite right


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