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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:25 pm 
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Frame No. is 130685 from a picture seller sent - but the five is indistinct - looks like only the bottom half got stamped
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and here's the Nervex ID, again stamped under BB. I wonder if the 59 means 1959?
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From a Viking info site I believe it is probably a Severn Valley? Any further help appreciated.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 6:47 pm 
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Any pics of the rest of the frame?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:10 pm 
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Well, there are...but I don't own it just yet! Once I've snaffled it there'll be more to come.
It bears this headbadge said to date "1960 on" and used on Mileater, Track and Severn Valley
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This is the seat tube transfer
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and this the chainwheel
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It has Benelux drop outs and a lamp bracket on the front fork. I think the lugs are Nervex pro
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see also this headtube pic for the lugs
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Sadly there's no model transfer on the top tube as is usual -- at least I can't see it.

I should add that on the Viking Register there's a frame number 130682 confirmed (?) as a Severn Valley of around 1962.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:33 pm 
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Well readers, I bought it. Should be winging its way here next week. One or two more pics from the sellers listing: much, if not all, appears to be original. Look at that chainset (Williams?) and tons of "V" badged nuts too. Who doesn't love nice nuts?
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I'll add some pics of the whole thing when it gets here. I still believe it's probably a "Severn Valley" so that's even better. Or could be a Tour of Britain? Or a Mileater?


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:52 pm 
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Gut feeling says it’s a Severn valley....looks like a good buy though


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 4:02 pm 
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Thanks Nob. I agree, and I haven't seen one in such original and complete condition - apart of course for the new rear changer. That'll have to go...I wonder what the original would have been? A Huret? A Benelux - given that I think the lever is one.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:12 pm 
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If it's got Cyclo rear ends then the mech would probably be a Benelux Mk 7, the DT lever with braze on Cyclo boss confirms this. I had a Severn Valley in the early/mid 60's and raced on it for a season or two. Nice frames.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:35 pm 
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Old Ned wrote:
If it's got Cyclo rear ends then the mech would probably be a Benelux Mk 7, the DT lever with braze on Cyclo boss confirms this. I had a Severn Valley in the early/mid 60's and raced on it for a season or two. Nice frames.

Yes, thanks Old Ned, the script on the rear end appears to say "BENELUX CB DESIGN" or summat, the lever is Benelux too and there's a brazed on boss.

I had an Ian Steel BITD, a hand me down from my dad who'd bought himself an SV! He later sold it, bypassing me.

Benelux Mk 7 eh? I'm scared to search for one for sale - silly prices I'll bet..


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:48 pm 
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Can't tell 100% but those hubs might be the earlier round hole Normandy. They were mid 50s and supposedly better quality than the later oval holes ones.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:53 pm 
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Sort of look like BH Racelite hubs?


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