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Old 05-03-15, 03:59 PM
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Triumph bicycle questions

Hi all,

As the title suggests, I am looking for some info on dating my Triumph bicycles ( post 1954 Raleigh- takeover ).
I' ve been searching the net, but there' s not that much info out there, so I hope some of you know more...

Now I know Raleigh used a similar serialnumber system on all their brands, but one of my bicycles doesn' t fit in.
I believe it is a late fifties “ Triumph Sports " model and I have been using it for about 25 years as my - nearly - daily bike.
Wen I bought it, it was in pristine condition, but rain and salty roads in winter took their toll, so I put it aside a few years ago and use my 1954 BSA tourer since then.
The Triumph is on my “ to restore- " list, alongside a Triumph ladies model, a tandem ( ± 1950 Belgian “The Gold Lion" ) and another Belgian 38cc Victoria-motorized 1951 “ Taxandria " bicycle.

Some 20 years ago, I replaced the Triumph's original ( single speed ) rear wheel with a Sturmey 3 speed wheel I had lying around, so no clue there.
The bike is fitted with Weinman alloy brakes and levers ( don' t know if these are original ? )
Here' s some pictures. First one shows 4 views of the gents model. Picture 2 an 3 show the ladies modeel and its serial and picture 4 shows the serial of the gents model.
The ladies model with serial 1915219 - according to various lists I found - could be a 1963-1965 model, but the gents model is a mystery : XY 8567 doesn' t fit any list...

Anyone out there who can point me in the right direction ?

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That is one well used bike. Perhaps date stamps on hubs, brakes, etc would give a clue?
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Hi dweenk,

Well used indeed
Brakes are Weinmann 810 and marked " Made in Western Germany by Weinmann ". Don' t know if they were fitted when the bike was new...
I do have a set of steel brake calipers from another Triumph that I broke up ( bent frame ), if those Weinmann brakes aren' t original though.

Front hub has the Raleigh logo on it, but I can' t see any date or number...

As I plan to resore it to its original condition, I am looking for brochures and pictures to see what I need, but then I need to find out its manufacturing date of course.
I know these Triumph Sports models were indeed built in the late fifties with the same colourscheme and transfers, but the serialnumber on my bike puzzles me...

Here' s more pictures of the complete bike.
Sprocket and chainguard were replaced by me over the years.

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Weinmann brakes are not dated, but their style changed subtly over the years. The latest models have the word WEINMANN in tiny type inside an incuse rectangle; earlier versions have the word WEINMANN stamped directly on the arm without the box; the larger the type, the earlier. The model number works the same way. On the earliest ones the word TYPE uses a lower case "y" so it looks something like TyPE.

Earlier Weinmann brakes were made in Switzerland, later ones Germany.
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Is there a resource for decoding Triumph serial numbers? My Triumph muscle bike (model name unknown) is similar to a Raleigh Fireball or



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