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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 5:42 pm 
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Hi All...

I'm looking for a little advice please... I recently inherited a Claud Butler road bike (pics below) and was wandering if anyone could help me identify it's model / year. I think it was originally purchased in the 80s, but beyond that I'm clueless!

Could this be considered a classic bicycle? If so... is it worth anything and where would be the best place to sell? All the components are original as far as I can tell (handlebars in the pics are replacements, but I have the originals)...

Many thanks to anyone who can help...

John

::::: UPDATE :::::

Here's some more details...

Derailleurs: Suntour VX front and rear
Shifters: Suntour
Breaks: Weinmann Vainqueur (front 610, rear 750)
Chainset: Exage 500E (possibly not original?)
Cassette: 5speed
Seat: Brooks
Lights: Dynamo, both working
Bag at rear: Carradice (bag at front is a modern addition)

Hope that helps narrow things down. Thanks again!

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Not easy to date exactly but with it having the original style head badge I would say it was made during the latter end of the Holdsworth ownership.

Is there a frame number anywhere?


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'75 to '81 going by the 531 decal.


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Who cares what it's worth; bikes are made for loving not selling. Ride & enjoy.


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It's not hugely valuable...say £100 ish. You might get £60 for the frame on ebay for conversion to a fixie.

It's a nice bike - but the thing about such older bikes is that the purists want something a bit more exotic, and the people who want just a bike go for some Halfords gaspipe horror (even though the Claud will in every way be a better bike).


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'fancy lugwork, 531, fixie' in the title on ebay should do the trick.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:33 am 
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Thanks to everyone for your help...

Just to let you know, it's now on eBay

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=388974#388974


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