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Old 06-02-15, 10:53 AM
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What did i buy?????

I found the bike on NYC CL yesterday. The head badge has "Standard" and a small V.L underneath that (see picture). The bike is Reynolds 531 and has a Huret "suicide" shifter (see picture) and a Huret rear derailleur and down tube shifter. It has Lucas front and rear lights and Campy quick release hubs. The buyer thinks the bike is from Belgium (maybe the VL?). The buyer has no history with the bike other than it is from a cellar clean out in Queens. The bike has a French style "art deco" chain guard and beautiful chrome fenders. I pick up the bike on Thursday. I googled "Standard bicycle" and came up with nothing. I would think that a bike made from R531 must be pretty upscale for a city bike. Do you think this is 60's or 70's bike? For two hours of my time to drive from Ct and back plus $95, it seemed like a good deal. I will clean it up and get it in working order then take it to the CT coast where the roads are flat. I never owned a bike with the push rod front derailleur mechanism, so this will be a "retro" experience. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Old 06-02-15, 11:10 AM
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I have no idea as to its origins, but that looks like a cool bike from those two pics. Suicide shifter and oiler port on the BB would date it to no later than the late 1950s, in my view. What brand rims, hubs, crankset and brakes? A pic of the rear derailleur, perhaps?
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Old 06-02-15, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jeff44 View Post
The bike is Reynolds 531 and has a Huret "suicide" shifter .... Do you think this is 60's or 70's bike?
More like 40s - 50s with that front shifter, I would guess. It looks like its amazingly well preserved. More pics!
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Old 06-02-15, 11:22 AM
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$95? How did I miss that one? Pretty cool, would love to see more when you get it.
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Old 06-02-15, 11:36 AM
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agree with the idea of a likely low countries origin. the "v" below the name may stand for "van." as nlerner observed front mech suggests could not be later than the 1959-61 time...

look forward to seeing further imagery.

thanks for sharing this interesting mount!

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Old 06-02-15, 11:55 AM
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Very cool. VL clearly indicates 1945 (no room for the MCM). HA. Not really.
The gradual fade to a darker color as the paint approaches the lug... patina or awesomely subtle paint?
Again, nice ride. Looking forward to more pics and a restore.
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It's complete junk and you need to get rid of it. Fortunately for you, I operate a full-service junk bike disposal company and will pay you $95 which is what it's worth as scrap. Please ship that scrap to me at your earliest convenience (note that I will require that the scrap be very carefully wrapped in a padded box to ensure that it doesn't scratch any of the adjacent packages while in transit).
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Seems to be a typical Belgium bike. Very nice components for sure. It was highlighted in this thread (posting 27847).

I would suggest to post it in the Belgian Bike thread with detailed pictures and PM Munny & non-fixie.

I went through something similar, see here.
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Suicide shifters are dope. They fetch a pretty penny on FleaBay
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You did great, and we're dying for more pictures.
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I believe this one was posted by @leegf on the "are you looking for one of these" thread a few days back. I'm glad a forum member got it.
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The plastic knob on the front shifter suggests mid-late 1950's to me. Before that the knobs were knurled aluminum.

That's cool find in really good shape for it's age!

Can you post photos of the rear derailer and other components? Please?
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
$95? How did I miss that one?
By not following the "Are you looking for one of these!?" thread religiously

Originally Posted by icepick_trotsky View Post
I believe this one was posted by @leegf on the "are you looking for one of these" thread a few days back. I'm glad a forum member got it.
Thanks for the mention. I, too, am happy one of us got it!
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
agree with the idea of a likely low countries origin. the "v" below the name may stand for "van." as nlerner observed front mech suggests could not be later than the 1959-61 time...

look forward to seeing further imagery.

thanks for sharing this interesting mount!

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Sorry I'm late. I was in a meeting.

Interesting bike. My first thought when I saw the pictures was Belgian as well. The Simplex Competition shifter is probably from the sixties. According to Velobase the plastic knob was introduced in the late fifties and production ended in 1970.

From what I can tell from the ad pics some parts may have been replaced over time. The RD doesn't look like a the plunger type Simplex that would have come with that shifter, I think. The bar stem combo looks like it came off an American product. And that Pletscher rack?

One thing: if it's Belgian, it will have had a tax plate, and most probably a mount for it as well. Check the left fork blade for something like this:

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I just checked the list of brands in the 1953 Belgian Bicycle and Motorcycle Yearbook, but I didn't find Standard or v.L. in the rather long list. Pretty much every LBS had his own brand at the time, it seems.

I just bought the 1963 edition online. Maybe that will provide some information. It may take a week or two before it arrives, though.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
Very cool. VL clearly indicates 1945 (no room for the MCM). HA. Not really.
The gradual fade to a darker color as the paint approaches the lug... patina or awesomely subtle paint?
Again, nice ride. Looking forward to more pics and a restore.
I vote for "awesomely subtle paint"...it follows the "line" of the lug...not sure patina would do that!

Awesome bike! And...for $95? Even more awesome
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Does anyone have Lou Deeter's guide with listings of a gazillion makers by nationality and approximate years? I had one a few computers ago.
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Originally Posted by seabass_first View Post
suicide shifters are dope. They fetch a pretty penny on fleabay
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a clue...maybe -



VeloBase.com - View Head Badge

perhaps someone knoweth what they mean by "...from Standard."
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