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Old 04-19-14, 11:06 AM
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It might be rubbish....

Many years ago, while scouting out some parts for an Austin Healy bug-eyed Sprite, I wandered into Commonwealth Motors where they proudly displayed a banner that said IT MIGHT BE RUBBISH BUT BY GOD, ITS BRITISH.

I have four old clunkers, all made with Reynolds 531 tubing, and all made in England.
Anything here that stands out as being worth flogging, or are they more or less all dogs ??












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Old 04-19-14, 11:10 AM
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Old 04-19-14, 11:20 AM
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All rubish. Send them to me with $100 and I will properly dispose of them.
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Old 04-19-14, 12:35 PM
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All rubish. Send them to me with $100 and I will properly dispose of them.

I See you like the older TREK bikes. I have this old clunker too....

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They are all fine, low-mid grade bikes. Dawes tried to position themselves above all the bike boom competitors by having 531 main tubes. Workmanship was so so in the mid-70's as I recall. They are probably worth 150 each, depending on your market and the actual operating condition of each.
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Thanks !!
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While not great bikes I wouldn't consider them rubbish. With the nice condition and really nice paint on the 531 frames cleaned up and well presented ready to go you should be able to get $200-250 a piece maybe a bit more for the country eagle with the smallet frame and slightly nice components.
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While not great bikes I wouldn't consider them rubbish. With the nice condition and really nice paint on the 531 frames cleaned up and well presented ready to go you should be able to get $200-250 a piece maybe a bit more for the country eagle with the smallet frame and slightly nice components.
Yes: People do tend to have a preference for brand name bikes with Columbus, Ishiwata, Tange & Reynolds tubing over department store bikes with "no-name" steel tubing.

I think that the little Coventry Eagle bike will clean up nicely. Too small for me and I hesitate to give it to one of my kids because they live in Toronto.
It has Campagnolo derailleurs & gear levers, which some people still think of as good stuff.

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I will buy that second green Dawes!
Levers on the frame.
What is your price.
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The second green bike actually looks to be Raliegh Carton. I do really like it also but worng size and location for me.
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Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
I will buy that second green Dawes!
Levers on the frame.
What is your price.
shipping a bike from UK to Ohio will be rediculously expensive...
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shipping a bike from UK to Ohio will be ridiculously expensive...
Nobody is in the UK.
These bikes are all in Southern Ontario... around the corner from Buffalo, N.Y.
The second green bike is not a DAWES. It is a Carlton Raleigh SuperCourse from Worksop, England.
Simplex shifters, Stronglight crank & chainrings, and Carlton stickers on the frame & forks.

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Well while you never said I would have guessed you where in Southern Onterio based on the number of Canadian bikes you present and own. Half these specific make models where never sold any place else.
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All I know is, a top of the bucket list item for me to find a British Racing Green, classic UK built 531 bike, with a good component group!
Add to that bucket list a classic Raleigh 3 speed.

I work with two people from the UK, and ask them every time they go home if they would mind bringing back a bike - thus far, no bites.
Sad.
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Originally Posted by jjames1452 View Post
All I know is, a top of the bucket list item for me to find a British Racing Green, classic UK built 531 bike, with a good component group!
Add to that bucket list a classic Raleigh 3 speed.

I work with two people from the UK, and ask them every time they go home if they would mind bringing back a bike - thus far, no bites.
Sad.
Location, location, location. Old Sturmey Raleigh & Triumph 3-speed bikes under every bush around here.
Most people are just too lazy to haul them out to the curb for trash collection.

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I like the green Carleton as well. Classic color and nice parts. Actually I like British bikes with center pull brakes; they're comfy to ride. These bikes are cosmetically in excellent shape given their age. I wouldn't think you'd have too much problem flogging them in Toronto.
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