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Old 08-02-17, 09:11 PM
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Proteus & Bill Lewis

I picked up these two today. Anybody know more about them and what they might be worth?



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Old 08-02-17, 11:20 PM
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There is a Proteus shop in College Park, Maryland that sold tube kits and custom frames in Reynolds 531 back in the Seventies. They were the place to obtain genuine waterslide decals/transfers for your 531 frame set. I don't know if they still make frames, but the shop is still in business.
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I'm pretty sure that there were two - unrelated - brands with the Proteus name; the other was in the UK.
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Originally Posted by elcraft View Post
There is a Proteus shop in College Park, Maryland that sold tube kits and custom frames in Reynolds 531 back in the Seventies. They were the place to obtain genuine waterslide decals/transfers for your 531 frame set. I don't know if they still make frames, but the shop is still in business.
There is a shop in College Park called Proteus, at the same location. There was also a location down in DC.

I work just down the road from the one in College Park.

That's about where the similarity ends. There is still at least one of the original Proteus framesets hanging in the rafters, but most everything else, save the repair station has changed considerably from what it was in the '70's.

I don't have their frame building book any more, but still have a frame kit stashed away someplace.

The bike the OP has does not look like the Proteus I am referring to. However, they did sell frame kits so it's hard to determine what would be a correct build. Perhaps the OP could post up a photo of the Proteus decal. That might help some.

I think Aaron is correct is his statement of two different manufacturers named Proteus.

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Originally Posted by satbuilder View Post
There is a shop in College Park called Proteus, at the same location. There was also a location down in DC.

I work just down the road from the one in College Park.

That's about where the similarity ends. There is still at least one of the original Proteus framesets hanging in the rafters, but most everything else, save the repair station has changed considerably from what it was in the '70's.

I don't have their frame building book any more, but still have a frame kit stashed away someplace.

The bike the OP has does not look like the Proteus I am referring to. However, they did sell frame kits so it's hard to determine what would be a correct build. Perhaps the OP could post up a photo of the Proteus decal. That might help some.

I think Aaron is correct is his statement of two different manufacturers named Proteus.
I think this is the UK Proteus; I have a friend who worked at the College Park location for several years in the early 80s.
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It was a great shop in its day.
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