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Old 01-16-18, 10:13 PM
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Help me find manufacturer!

Hello everyone!

This is my first time writing on this forum, actually the first time writing on any forum!

So, I bought this bike several years ago when I was in college, - I quickly needed a fast form of transportation so I bought a bike of Craigslist since it was all I could afford. The frame was clearly repainted, but he claimed that it was a Cannondale. Today, years later, I decided to strip all the paint off to start a small bike project for myself. I found the serial number and would like to ask you guys and gals if you could help me find the manufacturer and year of the frame.

WHAT I DO KNOW:
Track bike
Steel frame
The serial number: Letter 'G' followed by ten DIGITS in a single line on bottom bracket. The last three digits 199
(I have checked online to see if it has been reported as stolen, it has not.)

Is it indeed a Cannondale frame?

Thank you all for helping me find this out.

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Old 01-16-18, 10:18 PM
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As far as I know, (remember), Cannondale came in to existance as a bike maker (they were previously a bag and accessory maker) with fat tube aluminum frames.

So, the simple fact that it's a steel frame, should rule Cannondale out.

In any case, construction details are more helpful than a serial number.

If it's steel (check with a magnet), is it welded or brazed with lugs? That's the starting point, then the details of seat lug construction, and things like the brake bridge and rear dropouts are most helpful.
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Welcome, sailor! 10 digits is a bit much, even for a large manufacturer. The serial numbers starting with a G that I've come across were either Raleighs (where G means Gazelle-built) or Japanese, mostly Giants and 1978 Miyatas. None of those had ten-digit numbers, though.
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G Raleigh being built by Gazelle in NL makes sense since they were part of the TI Reynolds-Raleigh group of companies..
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
As far as I know, (remember), Cannondale came in to existance as a bike maker (they were previously a bag and accessory maker) with fat tube aluminum frames.

So, the simple fact that it's a steel frame, should rule Cannondale out.

In any case, construction details are more helpful than a serial number.

If it's steel (check with a magnet), is it welded or brazed with lugs? That's the starting point, then the details of seat lug construction, and things like the brake bridge and rear dropouts are most helpful.

Hello! Thank you for your response. Okay I cannot post any pictures right now because I am still considered a "newbie" on Bike Forums but I will come back tomorrow when I had made my first 10 posts. I hope you can help me figure out this mystery!

From your recommendations, I have determined this:
Steel frame indeed (passed the magnet test)
Welded.
As far as the rest goes, I will post the pictures as soon as I am allowed to! I have them ready!

Again, thank you.
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Old 01-18-18, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Welcome, sailor! 10 digits is a bit much, even for a large manufacturer. The serial numbers starting with a G that I've come across were either Raleighs (where G means Gazelle-built) or Japanese, mostly Giants and 1978 Miyatas. None of those had ten-digit numbers, though.

Yes, I was able to find this out about Raleigh too. I am really curious as to what it will be. I hope we can be able to identify the manufacturer! I will post pictures tomorrow! I have them ready but BikeForum will not let me until I have made 10 posts.
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