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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:31 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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I've just picked up this R E W Reynolds that looks to me like it's been refurbed with newer parts in the 70s, I think the frame is made for 27" not 700, but I can't find a serial number anywhere, The frame has a grease nipple on the BB shell, anyway I've got 3 questions for anyone with more Knowledge than me !
when was it made ?, is there any way of knowing who the frame maker was and what sort of gears should it have ? There is a double cable guide on the drive side (nothing on the left) which I though at first might be for a Sturmey Archer but the rear braze ons and bb cable guide are for a derailleur
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:41 pm 
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Its a five speed time trial bike for use with bar a end shifter :)


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:08 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Midlife wrote:
Its a five speed time trial bike for use with bar a end shifter :)


Yep :) That makes sense, Thanks !


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:22 pm 
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Midlife wrote:
Its a five speed time trial bike for use with bar a end shifter :)


But it looks like it has mudguard eye's on the rear at least .

Normally Ralphy Reynolds frame's have a 4 digit number stamped on the underside of the bottom bracket

A lot of his frame's were made by Woodrup cycles in Leeds , who made the others is still a mystery .

See a thread of mine on Cycle chat and i think there is one on here as well , and feel free to post a couple of pictures on my facebook page R.E.W Reynolds Bikes & Cycles .

Looks a nice bike and love the colour scheme


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:23 pm 
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The full wrap over seat stays are interesting. Did Reynolds build their own frames or were they bought in? (Thanks to Biggs for his info posted after I started typing!) I would be a bit wary of the security of the down tube levers. Without a 'stud' of some sort on the downtube they could very easily slip. Looks late 60's/early 70's period to me or possibly slightly earlier? Nice machine.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:27 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
The full wrap over seat stays are interesting. Did Reynolds build their own frames or were they bought in? (Thanks to Biggs for his info posted after I started typing!) I would be a bit wary of the security of the down tube levers. Without a 'stud' of some sort on the downtube they could very easily slip. Looks late 60's/early 70's period to me or possibly slightly earlier? Nice machine.


I had the above confirmed by Kevin Sayles at Woodrup so it's reliable info for sure

Loads of other names have been mentioned but none have been confirmed


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:23 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Thanks for all the info :), I'm still slightly undecided what to with it (re gears) a 5 speed time time trial bar end setup would mean that (being realistic) I won't use it that much (yeah, yeah, i know !), also the angles seems a bit slack and it looks like it would run pretty wide tyres, I've only ever had a couple of time trial bikes and both struggled to fit 23mm's (they always had 19 or 20mm) it also has mudguard eyes,
I might set it up with a benelux rod front and right hand bar end as I have both in the shed somewhere !
anyone know when builders stopped using grease nipples on bottom brackets, I always thought they went out with cotter pins


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:28 pm 
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Looks to me no later than mid 60s in style. Very few frames then supplied with no mudguard mounting.

SA gears would have been laughed at on this.

Keith


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