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    n+1, this time a steel one.

    I can't keep up with you, M_Chavez, your goalposts appear to be always moving, the one constant being your desire to turn retired racehorses into beasts of burden. Yes, you won't get more than a 5-speed block (or a Suntour Ultra 6-speed) into 120mm. Imo, regarding your second bottle cage, the...
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    n+1, this time a steel one.

    I'd say that that frame is not much less of a 'stallion' than the other one- just a slightly older style one. If you're getting someone locally, at least make sure that they know what '531db' is and that they have experience of working with it- and remember, this could easily be 531db that's...
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    Any help in identifying vintage road bike frame?

    I'd say it's an '8' beause the '3' stamp usually has a horizontal top stroke
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    Any help in identifying vintage road bike frame?

    The number looks like '6278' to me (I think it may be upside down in your photo)
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    n+1, this time a steel one.

    measure from the string to the seat tube on both sides. The measurements should be identical if your frame is in alignment. Use a thinner string than I did though- that's just so it shows up in the photo.
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    Mysterious fork crown

    Yeah you're right about the wrapover. OP could do worse though than contacting Rourke and asking if it's one of theirs, and if they reply in the negative, asking them who they think might've built it? That 'fastback/wraparound' can't be that common- probably the OP's best bet for identifying the...
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    Mysterious fork crown

    If it has 1010 dropouts, domed stay ends, Prugnat points and takes a 27mm pin it's almost certain to be 531db. That seat cluster is screaming: "Brian Rourke"... to me, anyway..
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    Mysterious fork crown

    Crown looks like a Milremo Giro that's had a bit of file work done on it. Common crown from mid '60s-mid '70s.
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    Bernard Carre frame - What specification am I working to?

    You should probably seek confirmation from a Frenchman about this- but if you can literally "pop it back in", it probably means that the wood has shrunk and the plug is not going to perform it's intended function. My understanding is that these plugs should be made of hardwood- as hard as you...
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    Paint your wagon! Or rather a shiny frame the rattle can way

    Ah what the hell... since it's been bumped, here's a picture of my last brush job- last in both senses of the word.. i.e. a) temporally most recent and b) I'll probably never have the time, inclination or peace of mind necessary to do it again... just to illustrate that this can be a...
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    Frame Identification.....Mercian, Claud Butler, Jack Hearne....?

    Iirc Jack Hearne numbers are first two digits = year , so probably not a Hearne, nor a Mercian, nor a Holdsworth. Holdsworth numbers I've seen have been drive-side. That 4-digit number looks more Bob Jackson, but Jackson numbers I've seen have been central under the bracket. That fork crown-...
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    My Pat Hanlon

    I've never owned a tubular or ridden one, but yes, as far as I'm aware 'sprint' rims would have been 700c, confused by the fact that a 'tub' had a nominal outer diameter of about 27", so might've been colloquially referred to as a "27inch tubular" in pre-metric Britain. Brakes-not much info...
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    My Pat Hanlon

    Yes that's the point. As far as I'm aware, prior to Campag Record brakes in the late sixties, most brakesets had a longer reach brake at the rear, and most road going frames would have been built to accommodate it. A road/path frame would usually have been expected to be able to accommodate...
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    My Pat Hanlon

    It does- as far as I can see, anyway. That's a very close clearance rear brake bridge for an early sixties road frame, or even a road/path frame- it might've been repositioned at some time ? or it could've started out as a track frame. I don't know if those wheels are 700c or 27" ? Those...
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    Where should more modern Road (98+) build threads go?

    Yeah it all changed around '84: SIS index The last DA threaded hub Campag NR/SR obsolescent First sign of "more sprockets needed!" in about fifteen years- Campag 7 speed block Clipless pedals coming.. Saddles, shorts and shoes ain't necessarily black any more Petrochemical clothing replacing...
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