What's In The Box? (Brad Pitt Voice) An Early Bontrager Race!

2manyoranges

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Back to serial numbers - mine was 0020 - 1991 - and the conclusion was that it was a first batch Cannery frame. I have tracked down internet references to slightly earlier and slightly later numbers, and it all fits together.
 

2manyoranges

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Rod - my problem was that I loved it so much that it never left the workshop....the Oranges got thrashed, the Bontrager just lived quietly under dust sheets. Duh.
 

pw_pw_la

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I know I promised photos, but I keep forgetting to take it home from work with me at the end of the day.

I also quite like taking a quick peek at it below my work bench every few hours ; )

The weekend perhaps.

Anyway, I did get the work tape measure out today, just to confirm sizing:

Seat tube: 17" center-to-center, or 19" from center to the very top.
Top tube: 22" center-to-center.

So, that would make it a Large. And more or less the same size as most of the other bikes currently in my stable (bit disappointed at that to be honest, as I was originally hoping to go a little bigger with this bike).

That said, over in HERE, people seem to think the large size, which this seems to be, would be the size for me. So I guess we'll see!

Odd that in the chart @slackboy posted the top tube is supposed to be 23" in the Large, when mine is 22". Unless for some reason that measurement was end-to-end rather than center-to-center like the ST?

Anyway, plenty of six-footers in here ride larges, so I feel confident this is going to be the right fit for me.

I didn't have the calipers at work, so couldn't confirm seat tube diameter, but the chart linked above claims it should be 26.8, so off I go to eBay...
 

pw_pw_la

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Back to serial numbers - mine was 0020 - 1991 - and the conclusion was that it was a first batch Cannery frame. I have tracked down internet references to slightly earlier and slightly later numbers, and it all fits together.

Interesting.

And serial should be on the bottom bracket shell, yeah?
 

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Interesting.

And serial should be on the bottom bracket shell, yeah?

Yep, should be. Mine is 14 13 0291

I've been a bit busy the last few weeks and haven't had much time to check in. Nice to see another Bonty on the site
 
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