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Reynolds 531, any ideas?

Old 07-26-17, 09:03 AM
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Reynolds 531, any ideas?

I just recently bought this frame and wondered if anyone know much about it?
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Old 07-26-17, 09:05 AM
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couldn't find serials either only RGF on the top of the BB.
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While it may be Reynolds 531, I wouldn't take it as an absolute. The frame has been repainted and that is a replacement decal. The long Campagnolo dropouts have the spring retention hole which were discontinued circa 1973.Sometimes builders had a fair amount of stock, so it might be slightly newer but is almost certainly early 1970s or older.

RFG is Raccords Garatte Freres (Garette Brothers Fittings) a French company. However, this does not necessarily mean that the frame is French. You should check the threading standard of the shell to narrow down the conutries of origin and the req'd seat post diameter to determine the level of the tubeset. Also, check the outside of the fork's steerer tube to see if there is a manufactuer's logo.
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Whatever it is, someone took some care filing the dropout transitions. Could we get close-ups of the lugs, BB shell and fork crown?

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[QUOTE=Drillium Dude;19746649]Whatever it is, someone took some care filing the dropout transitions. Could we get close-ups of the lugs, BB shell and fork crown?

Lugs and bb
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
While it may be Reynolds 531, I wouldn't take it as an absolute. The frame has been repainted and that is a replacement decal. The long Campagnolo dropouts have the spring retention hole which were discontinued circa 1973.Sometimes builders had a fair amount of stock, so it might be slightly newer but is almost certainly early 1970s or older.

RFG is Raccords Garatte Freres (Garette Brothers Fittings) a French company. However, this does not necessarily mean that the frame is French. You should check the threading standard of the shell to narrow down the conutries of origin and the req'd seat post diameter to determine the level of the tubeset. Also, check the outside of the fork's steerer tube to see if there is a manufactuer's logo.
The seat post is 27.2, frame weight is around 2kg, right threaded non drive
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Thanks for all the info about the bike frame
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You need to check the threading (French, English, Italian) of the bottom bracket shell. Without that it's still pretty hard to determine.

Since you're in Australia, you might want to go to the Retro Classic Cycling World Facebook page, and ask there, on the off chance it might be a frame built in country.

With the frame details I see, it looks early '70's. There aren't any top tube braze ons, it doesn't look like there are bottle bosses. All I see is the rear derailleur cable stop, and a rear derailleur cable guide on the bottom bracket. Why there is no front derailleur cable guide is strange, unless it was a specific purpose built frame.

It does look well made. It could use a paint job.
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