British Eagle Boss Equipe - Questions (Please)

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Greeting folks - New to the forum - (as of 26th March 2022) - Did look for a 'Newb' section, but didn't find one.

Have never been considered a 'cyclist' per-se - Far more into large Japanese M/cycles (& former lorry-driver/car owner)

However, since my first bike was (a lovely) "New" Elswick Hopper (circa 196:cool:, in Metallic Turquiose & Candy-Apple Red....

I then moved on to an 'Edwards' 26inch "Racing Bike" during the summer of 1972 - Loved it, still got it, somewhere !

M/cycle accident (got knocked-off my 1,000cc Kawasaki), led to me "getting back" in to cycling - In 1998

Bought a lovely (expensive at the time) Claud Butler - a 'Hammer LX' which I still have & love dearly.

Now, fast forward to 2022 & the urge to buy another bike (or two), is fuelled by latterday Health/Fitness/Fuel-Prices.

So, I saw an advert, last weekend, for this "British Eagle Boss Equipe" - Looked nice & was only a laughable £30.00

Back when the advert was posted, it just said "Two Claud Butler Bikes", no mention of it's true-name !!!!

Being utterly clueless about bikes, I had to do night-time detective work, via the internet, dividing & filtering.....

Eventually, perseverance paid-off - Sadly, via a "Stolen Bike" forum/site - Found a "near identical model", so.....

I've joined THIS forum, in the (vain?), hope of maybe finding out some more about it, plus, any advice, etc.

First things first - I'd like to accurately 'date it', if that's remotely possible ?


An aircraft-enthusiast friend of mine, who's also a keen-cyclist, thinks it's between 1988-1996 ish (?)

Everything works just fine on it, it seems well looked-after - Brakes are fine, plenty of 'meat' left, etc.

Couldn't tell (before purchase) what the tyres were like - skinny 'road-tyres' - Not my thing AT ALL

But at just £30.00 all-in, couldn't turn it down.

Besides, it came with another (better) bike - Another Claud Butler - Again, fine condition, just £30.00

As I'd bought BOTH (on the spot), Husband & Wife let me have 'em for £55.00 the pair (£27.00 & £28.00 respectively)

In time, I'd really like to give them (both) higher-raised "flat bars", more to suit my sheer size & height.

Am unsure of the 'Headstock' sizes (steering column?), due to my uber-lame knowledge of pushbikes

Would sure LOVE to raise-up the handlebar heights (front stock), as I'm now in my very early sixties

Anyone have ANY remote idea of it's actual age AND what size headstock 'stem raiser' size(s) I might need ?

Primarily, I'd like to know it's "date" of manufacture & maybe even where it was made ?

I'll also attach THREE photo's

Photograph No.1 is of the one seen on the 'Stolen Bikes' site, which helped me to I.D the make/type/name

Photograph No.2 , by chance, is one that I saw over on E-Bay UK last weekend - "New Old Stock" (defunct shop)

Photograph No.3 , well, that's the one I've just bought - P.S. ; Photo' is from the Gumtree site, where I saw it from


I did notice that the front-forks on mine ARE DARK BLUE, rather than the other TWO - (which are White only)

Figured that it might help, when trying to accurately date it ?

Appreciate ANY help - Especially regards to the Handlebar 'conversion' I'd like to attempt, at some later-date.

Cheers, "Hawny" (Newb)


British Eagle 'Boss Equipe' - (stolen forum, Canning Town) ,,.jpg

Above is the Boss Equipe seen on the 'Stolen Bikes' page, from circa 2012 - (Which helped me I.D "it")


BOSS EQUIPE - Listed on E-BAY new, same day as I bought mine (1018 pixels only).jpg

Above is the bike (for sale), seen this week, over on E-Bay U.K - (New/Old Stock from a defunct Bricks n' Mortar shop)


Katy's Husband's BOSS bike, bought for 27 quid - (now it's mine) ,, ,,.jpg


Above ; Finally, here's the one that I picked-up last weekend, for just £27.00 all-in & works just fine...
 

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Hello and welcome and all that

looks to be much much later and very likely 2010's onward and inexpensive when new

one of these will help with the bar height but I'd get a bike shop to install it

 

Hornchurch

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Hello and welcome and all that

looks to be much much later and very likely 2010's onward and inexpensive when new

one of these will help with the bar height but I'd get a bike shop to install it




Many thanks for your swift reply - Fromage - It's much appreciated !

Gawd, 2010's onwards eh ?

My mate Andy (Suffolk), seemed to think it was 1988-1994 ish, due to the (quote/him) "Elderly paintwork styling" 😊

Meantime - Me, I'm clueless - I figured (at best) it would be (say) 1996-1998 ish - Didn't think it was this "decade/century"

I stand corrected, whatever - This is where my (embarrassing) extreme lack of 'bike knowledge' kicks in.

Show me ANY Kawasaki U.K marketed roadbike, between 1978-1996 & I'm "on it like a rash", identification-wise.

Show me ANY cycling/pushbike & you might as well be asking me to describe the sand-content composition of Jupiter !


Was rather hoping that I could "have a go" (have a crack), at fitting any handlebar conversion(s) myself.

I'm no mechanic by any stretch (mechanically-challenged here !)

But I did manage (safely & successfully), to "do" the more 'dangerous' (if wrong) handlebar conversion on my "baby-bike" (GS500-E) below


DSC_0542 (2) Abridged_Plate - 798pix.jpg
 

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Yup The Big Cheese as usual is quite correct, the British Eagle is certainly post 2000. Any photos of the Claud?
 

Hornchurch

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Yup The Big Cheese as usual is quite correct, British Eagle is certainly post 2000.


Any photos of the Claud?



Hi Peachy -

Yes mate & please accept my apologies for the delay in replying

As I noted by the 'blurb' under your Avatar, you're clearly a Claud Butler fan, no ?


Due to the (wretched) rough-weather we've had these last few days (Artic), I've been hibernating.

Getting over a nasty cold/flu-virus thing, that was at it's height over the last 2-days....


I mention this, because, until further-notice, the ONLY shot I have, is the one that Katy took !

Katy is the lady from whom I bought these TWO bikes (for just £55.00 the pair)

Obviously it's the 'sale' website (mobile-phone) photograph she took, so it ain't much kop.

But it's certainly good-enough to illustrate what it is & what I've bought, for, say £28.00

I say that, as, until now, I've viewed it as "£27.00 for the Boss Equipe" & "£28.00 for the Claud Butler"

Am prob' over-estimating the worth of the Blue/White "Boss Equipe", but hey, whatever....

(I'll take ANY permutation of this, because at that daft price, I wuz happy enough)


The Claud Butler ('Criterion') runs real sweet, no-issues & nothing needs "doing to it"

Overall 'a nice enough bike' that, to be fair, I wuz a li'l bit underwhelmed with, to kick-off with

Two days later (when the weather allowed), I got it out of the garage again & cleaned it up - (mud-off)

That's when I became impressed with the quality of the welding, etc - (M/cyclist, here)


Not impressed with the 'Butterfly Changers' - They just seem rather 'cheap & nasty'

First night I got them home, I went looking-up to SEE "if" I could I.D either bike, via internet.

I found an online review for the 'Claud Butler Criterion', dated circa 2009/2010 - Helping date the bike.

It explained that the bike was just £330 when 'New'

It also explained that THIS model, absolutely WAS "The Runt of the Litter"


https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/claud-butler-criterium-review/


In other words, it WAS the "Lowest Rung on the ladder" of TEN models available, for that 2009/2010 period


Still makes it ELEVEN years newer than my other (beloved) Claud Butler, a "Hammer LX" (MTB), from 1998

I bought the latter brand-new, back in summer 1998, to help me recuperate from a nasty injury (& invasive-surgery)


Interestingly, the latter ("Hammer LX"), has "Handbuilt In England" (Lincs ?), crafted on the side-bar, rather proudly

So, begs the question for an unknowledgeable cycle/nerd "newb" like me....

Where would THIS Claud Butler Criterion ('runt of the litter'), have been built in it's time - China ?

Meantime, here's the (currently) "Lone" photograph of it, until further notice.....



Katy's Claud Butler bought for 28 quid ,,.jpg


In actuality, I shoulda opened-up it's own thread (for itself) & indeed, may do, later in the year. (May yet convert it to 'Flat-Bars' - My Age !)
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Now then @Hornchurch admin @Jamiedyer will probably move this over to https://www.retrobike.co.uk/forums/2000➡️-road-bikes.93/
Your Claud and also your British Eagle would have both come under the Falcon umbrella of Companies, the British eagle in Peterborough I think and the Claud coming out of Brigg in North Lincolnshire/Humberside.
Brigg Clauds started importing aluminium frames from the far east in 1993 and by 1998 all actual frame production ceased. they were still built up in Brigg up until the big sell-off a few years back (2018 maybe?) Now "Tandem Group" own Dawes, Claud & Eagle.

As for your Hammer LX from 1998, I've never seen or heard of. I've only seen the "Argos" type specials from 2000+, either the "CBR Hammer" or the "CRX Hammer" both of which were very much bellow bottom of the range and certainly wouldn't have been graced with LX so I look forward to seeing yours.
 

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Now then @Hornchurch admin @Jamiedyer will probably move this over to https://www.retrobike.co.uk/forums/2000➡️-road-bikes.93/
Your Claud and also your British Eagle would have both come under the Falcon umbrella of Companies, the British eagle in Peterborough I think and the Claud coming out of Brigg in North Lincolnshire/Humberside.
Brigg Clauds started importing aluminium frames from the far east in 1993 and by 1998 all actual frame production ceased. they were still built up in Brigg up until the big sell-off a few years back (2018 maybe?) Now "Tandem Group" own Dawes, Claud & Eagle.
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Hi again Peachy -

As you rightfully said mate..... "He'll move it across" (to the '2000ad' onwards forum) and he has.

I sincerely posted it within the 1980's-1990's forum, as being a 'newb', I had no-idea of it's true age !

Sounds terrible, me claiming that I wuz 'clueless' (well, at least, I was, posting my entry here)


I was going intially by what I'd been told by my mate Andy in Suffolk, who'd said.....

"it's certainly nice, if dated in style" (He cont'd by saying...) "I'd say looking at the equipment styles,

E.g the thumb gear changers and the rear shimano derailleur it's late 1980s or early 1990s vintage".


Well, me being like a Gazillion times clueless (as to it's age), I posted it there, to hopefully pin-point it more accurately.

Now, with yourself & 'Fromage' nudging me over (gently) & telling me that it's "21st Century" might sound more encouraging

I'd agree with Andy from Suffolk that the paint-scheme DOES look dated, but I'd also say 'not embarrassing'

I went out to the Garage earlier (to get other stuff) & it caught my eye, favourably today.

Perhaps worth saying that, in my opinion, it looks FAR better 'in the flesh', than it ever does in the photo's.


Would still LOVE for someone to 'pin it down to an individual year', "if" remotely possible ?


Many, many thanks indeed Peachy (within your 2nd-Paragraph), for giving me some 'backdrop' on the 'Falcon umbrella'

I've heard the brand-name 'Falcon' over the years, but hitherto, knew nothing really about them.


Glad you mentioned "Brigg" (in Lincolnshire), as I know for cert' that MY Claud Butler "Hammer LX" was made there.

I remembered the town-name vividly, back from 1998, when I bought it - As it was "on the guarantee paperwork" when I bought it.


Keeping you on tenterhooks here (laughs) & trust me mate, I "will" be showing you the "Hammer LX" too - (Ahhh, you tease Hawny, you tease !)

Just that this post here (this one), is long-enough already, so I'll have the pix you need (& some info'), by this weekend

I noted that pix (photographs) really DO need "re-sizing" & some of those pix ARE large, as they were taken on my Nikon D.5300 DSLR
- (6,000-pixels !)

Cheers lads & I look forward to posting it here, around the weekend - "Hawny".
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Just checked through my catalogues. The Claud Criterium is from 2008
 

Hornchurch

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Just checked through my catalogues. The Claud Criterium is from 2008



Yeah, I'd already figured that the Claud Butler ('Criterium'), would be FAR easier to date, rather than the 'Boss Equipe'

As of now, am STILL "none the wiser" as to the actual date (manf'tr) of the 'Boss Equipe' - (but obv's now know it's 21st-century & not 1988-1994)

The 'Criterium' surprisingly still had a road-test article on it & it's still viewable today....


https://www.bikeradar.com/reviews/bikes/road-bikes/claud-butler-criterium-review/


Note it's dated 'summer 2009' - (Mid-July-2009) - suggesting it was available kinda 2008, 2009, 2010

Whilst I find catalogues interesting, they're not always an indicator as to what's available in those shops at any given time.

It's rather like my old 1978 Suzuki GS.1000-E (which I still proudly own).

Never did get the 1978, nor 1979 catalogues, but the forthcoming 1980 catalogue WAS available during mid-1979 - (Bike shows)

That showed a notably different (later, next-model) GS.1000-E, with CV-carb's & a VERY different scheme & tank-layout.

However, my 1978 model had (clearly) languished "in the showroom" - Am guessing that the dealer WAS charging "waaay too much" (?)

Anyways, back then, U.K registrations ran from 1st August to 31st July the following year.

Ordinarily you'd expect to see a Suzuki like mine on an 'S'-Reg' or ''T'-Reg' plate - But mine's on a 'V'-Reg'

It meant that my (old) 'slide-carb' Red/White/Black Suzuki GS.1000-E, wasn't registered until 1st Aug' 1979

By that, I mean, according to the 'catalogues' anyways, by Aug' 1979 it was "obsolete" - Yet still a brand-new bike, yet to even 'see the road'

I bought it with a (laughable) '6,000' miles only (on the clock), so, it was barely run-in - (a major result for me, at just £1,200)


Now, catalogues aside, another question

On my Claud Butler "Hammer LX" that I've yet to show you, it has THIS badge, panel & claim.

Now I don't know as to 'why' they're shouting the odds about it - (perhaps you can explain), but it says this.....


Claud Butler SPECIAL SELECT " CR-MO " Main Frame Tube


Begs the question (to the clueless amongst us - namely, ME !) = W.T.F does all that nonsense mean ?

What segregates it from being ANY different between a cheap supermarket cycle, or a Halford's pushbike ?

Why were the manufacturers 'shouting the odds' about it ? - Here's a photo' of the badge on the downtube (taken in 2013)

It actually WAS taken 'the correct way up'. But, am guessing that despite I've lowered it to 1018pixels, site wants it seen sideways ! 😡


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Hello and welcome and all that

looks to be much much later and very likely 2010's onward and inexpensive when new

one of these will help with the bar height but I'd get a bike shop to install it




Hi Fromage,

I took your sage advice & 'genned-up' on what to buy & as to what I needed, headstock-wise.

After some deliberation, I chose to purchase a GOOD strong alloy stem-riser, that went up to 70-degrees - (raise)

I deliberated twixt 31.8 & 25.4 & chose the latter - Purely in case anything went wrong & I could then use the existing handlebar (25.4)

Fitting it was an absolute doddle - easy as pi$$ing - Three Allan key adjustments & I was 'as right as rain'

I kept the original handlebar-layout as such (for now), rather than go 'full-on' flat-bars straightaway

Have always been of the 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' mentality - plus found myself liking the 'raised drop-bars' more than I realised

Done a 70-degree raise on the 'Boss Equipe' & a 75-80 degree raise on the Claud Butler Criterion that I bought, the same day.

Much more tolerable & FAR less stress on my 6ft-2in (overweight) frame AND of course, my wrists !!!!!

Prices of cycling components seem to shooting-up, day by day.

One headstock component went from £11.99, up to £14.59 in the space of just one-week = madness !

Luckily, Flea-bay has a whole bunch-ton (note the Americanism !), of sellers competing with & against one-another....

Am surprised as to just how well-made some of these components really are !

The ones I bought came with additional Allan-keys AND spacers - (not that I needed them, anyways)

Honestly - It really was a 'pi$$-easy' fix & I done both bikes in a relaxed-spell, in just one hour alone, being careful too.

Change of both pedals AND bar-angles totally transformed BOTH bikes & made them (both), utterly more useable.

I dread to think what ANY bike-shop would've charged, for both components AND fitment-charges ?

More satisfaction, doing it myself anyways & helps me get to know the bike better - So far, no cable-changes, either.

I shall stick some additional photo's in, from time to time, documenting the changes AND change of area.

Thanks for your advice anyhow, what with me being 'a newb' to any form of cycling-conversions AND previously, unknowledgable too.

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