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Old 07-26-15, 03:43 PM
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Another Belgian bike that needs identification

As some of you already know by now, I have a soft spot for Belgian bikes. When I went to pick up the Indesteege yesterday, the seller also had this for sale. He didn't want much for it, and I was there anyway so it came home with me as well.

I have no idea what it is yet.















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Can I have it ?
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What became of the mystery bike ?
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Still sitting next to my desk here in my study.
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Now that is worth studying...

Any closer to an identification ?
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I have no idea, but I have a question. How do you know it is Belgian?
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it's a standard Wagner(?) pattern forkcrown, and a nice one at that. I had a Bob Jackson-built Merlin that used the same crown, so could be Reynolds blades...the logo on the stem sort of mimics a Titan, I think. What size seatpost?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Now that is worth studying...

Any closer to an identification ?
Nope. But, apart from this thread I haven't really put any effort into it yet. I need to take it apart, check the parts for identification, remove some paint and, most importantly, rustle up the Belgian C&V members and [MENTION=333224]juvela[/MENTION]. That usually gets results with bikes like these.

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I have no idea, but I have a question. How do you know it is Belgian?
Now, that's a good question. I don't, really. It's my assumption, based on the following:
  • Belgians loved 'sports' bikes like these during the post-war decades. Multi-speed bikes with semi-upright bars, a bit like the Cinelli 'priest' bars
  • rear racks on Belgian bikes were often brazed to the frame, or 'semi-integrated' like this one
  • the bar stem is a copy of the (Belgian) Titan stem
  • the fillet brazing looks a lot like what I've seen on other Belgian frames (check the Indesteege, linked to in post #1 )
  • I bought it together with the Indesteege, identified as (Belgian) 'Royal Nord'. The PO - who lives fairly close to the Belgian border - bought these bikes together as well
  • it has a braze-on on the left side of the fork for a tax plate, which is typical for Belgian bikes
Also, have a look at this thread: 1940's (?) mixte. What is it?. You'll see what I mean.

BTW, those Belgian tax plates look like the one below, and bikes were often fitted with a braze-on for mounting it:

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Originally Posted by unworthy1
it's a standard Wagner(?) pattern forkcrown, and a nice one at that. I had a Bob Jackson-built Merlin that used the same crown, so could be Reynolds blades...the logo on the stem sort of mimics a Titan, I think. What size seatpost?
My analogue callipers suggest 27.0 or maybe 26.8.
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that darn [MENTION=173992]non-fixie[/MENTION]; he ALWAYS finds the most fun treasures!

look forward to following this as the investigations moveth forward.

wrt the stem & bar set: do we know that titan did not offer private labelling?

are you able to make out the writing on the chainguard? looks something like frdez, but i'm sure that's not write. edit: ah, "braine" just fired...perhaps it is an ARDEX.

is bb spindle hollow all the way through or just at ends? any markings on arms or bb cups?

please keep us posted as to new developments...
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I would have mistaken that for a light mount.

Thanks for taking the time to explain. I may have learned something today.
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I may be mistaken about the forkcrown being a Vagner (Wagner), very possibly this is an EKLA crown (check out the Extra Light Oval)...a brand very popular with British builders but originating from...wait for it...Belgium!
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Just a suggestion here, I've seen a few of these pass by in the classifieds lately but could not find out more: Huybrechts, from Antwerp (Borgerhout). It was indeed the filet brazing that caught my attention, on bikes from roughly the '50 to the '70ies in a wide range of models (judging from the small sample I came across). Maybe the outline of the headbadge can provide a clue.




This morning's googling proves more succesful:
KRUGERPLEIN & PEPERBUS: Sooi

(in Dutch)
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My wife's Belgian Libertas has the EXACT same chain guard and fenders as your mystery Belgian, I swear. However, hers is lugged. Not sure if Libertas ever did non-lugged bikes, did they? I'm sure its just a case of using local Belgian bits, not necessarily an indicator of yours being a Libertas. I could post pics if you need me to.

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Thanks for that! 'Stay young, live long, but with a Huybrechts bike'. Great slogan.

I'll try to remove some of the red paint, and see if there are any identifying marks beneath.

That is a really nice-looking frame you posted, BTW.

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Just a suggestion here, I've seen a few of these pass by in the classifieds lately but could not find out more: Huybrechts, from Antwerp (Borgerhout). It was indeed the filet brazing that caught my attention, on bikes from roughly the '50 to the '70ies in a wide range of models (judging from the small sample I came across). Maybe the outline of the headbadge can provide a clue.




This morning's googling proves more succesful:
KRUGERPLEIN & PEPERBUS: Sooi

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