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Old 02-02-19, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I believe what you have is a 1980 Peugeot UO19C Grand Sport. The serial number is consistent with a French manufactured Peugeot and is also supported by the presence of the Atax stem. This format came into use in the very late 1970s and your number would indicate March 1980 or March 1990. I'd expect internal brazing as opposed to lugs for the latter. The necked seat tube with cinch collar and head lug style are consistent with the 1980 mixte frames but I would have expected French threading. 25.0mm seat posts were also used on some Peugeot.
Once again the database master comes thru and it’s greatly appreciated. I’m surprised, but happy that it’s actually a Peugoet. The weight threw me off. It actually has an English threaded BB. Can these be re-threaded​​​​​​? The fork appears to be a replacement. It’s labeled; 700C DS with a 2014 date code. As luck would have it, I have a Stronglight 49 crankset, sans NDS arm, that is stamped Peugoet.

T-Mar, Thanks again. Your database and recall are amazing!

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Hi T-Mar,
I know this is a pre-90's thread but is it possible to get the year of my bike? I'm thinking it's somewhere around '90ish.
M9L40231
Univega Nuovo Sport
Taiwan
Exage components. Biopace. Tange ChroMo. Lawee Design decal on chainstay.

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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
Hi T-Mar,
I know this is a pre-90's thread but is it possible to get the year of my bike? I'm thinking it's somewhere around '90ish.
M9L40231
Univega Nuovo Sport
Taiwan
Exage components. Biopace. Tange ChroMo. Lawee Design decal on chainstay.

Thanks!
The serial number format is consistent with Merida of Taiwan. It indicates the frame was manufactured in 1989 but I'm not not sure if the "L" is a fortnight or month indicator. If the latter, then it would be a 1990 model. This is easy enough to tell from the components. A 1990 would have Exage 300EX. A 1989 would have the non-numeric Exage groups (i.e. Motion, Action or Sport) and likely a mix from these groups. I'd appreciate I knowing which Exage group. TIA.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The serial number format is consistent with Merida of Taiwan. It indicates the frame was manufactured in 1989 but I'm not not sure if the "L" is a fortnight or month indicator. If the latter, then it would be a 1990 model. This is easy enough to tell from the components. A 1990 would have Exage 300EX. A 1989 would have the non-numeric Exage groups (i.e. Motion, Action or Sport) and likely a mix from these groups. I'd appreciate I knowing which Exage group. TIA.
It's Exage Motion. Thanks again T-mar!
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Time to ask the experts:
serial # FDYD1988 its a ally hardtail, with Shimano components, mainly Deore, it looks sad but was once a good bike, wonder if its worth the trouble ?
appreciate all comments.
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Originally Posted by Bike tinker man View Post
Time to ask the experts:
serial # FDYD1988 its a ally hardtail, with Shimano components, mainly Deore, it looks sad but was once a good bike, wonder if its worth the trouble ?
appreciate all comments.
Sorry, I don't recognize the serial number format. It's probably an Asian manufacturer with little or no American market presence. Aluminum frames have trickled quite far down the price structure and there were many grades of Deore, so it's impossible to suggest a level/value without pictures.
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T-Mar I appreciate you taking the time to check your records, thanks
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Aha! I am also trying to seek help on a serial number close to yours, that is, SR8080906. No answer yet.
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Old 03-06-19, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Sanz View Post
Can u help identification sn tmar
this is raleigh or schwin??
serial number SR9206336
Hi, can you please upload a pic of your bike with the mentioned serial number?
Hopefully you're still with the forum.
Mine bike's serial number closely match yours, ie, SR8080906.
Thanks.
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Old 03-06-19, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Thunder Looi View Post
Aha! I am also trying to seek help on a serial number close to yours, that is, SR8080906. No answer yet.
A response was posted, in the original thread you opened on your bicycle.
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Old 03-07-19, 05:28 PM
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Help!

My dad bought a bike and I can't find out anything about it.
It says "Bridgestone Erica"
I believe that serial number is X171406.
There is also a small sticker that says "EC-242".
Now, I have googled all the numbers and words on this bike, but to no avail. I tried to upload pictures but I have to make 10 posts first.
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Originally Posted by Mommachamblee View Post
My dad bought a bike and I can't find out anything about it.

It says "Bridgestone Erica"

I believe that serial number is X171406.

There is also a small sticker that says "EC-242".

Now, I have googled all the numbers and words on this bike, but to no avail. I tried to upload pictures but I have to make 10 posts first.

I was able to find your pictures on the gallery but am unfamiliar with this model and assume it is Asian market. I believe the EC-242 may be the model number. The frame was manufactured very late in a year ending in '1', so it should be for a model year ending in '2'. We just have to figure out which decade. Based on my past experience with Bridgestone, they appear to have used the Gregorian calendar, even as far back as the early 1970s, so we should not have to be concerned with it being from the Japanese Imperial Calendar. Six way reflectors and a cotterless crank would be rare on this style of bicycle in 1971 and by 1992 I would have expected a Unicrown fork. Consequently, my leading candidate would be a 1982 model.

The Bridgestone 1-2matic hub is very interesting. I have never seen one before and assume it is Asian market only based on the symbol in the shift lever's gear display window. Presumably, a device like this would be patented and if you can find a patent number of the hub or shift levers, we may be able to trace a date from that. Thank-you very much for posting this very interesting bicycle and unique gear-hub mechanism.

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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I was able to find your pictures on the gallery but am unfamiliar with this model and assume it is Asian market. I believe the EC-242 may be the model number. The frame was manufactured very late in a year ending in '1', so it should be for a model year ending in '2'. We just have to figure out which decade. Based on my past experience with Bridgestone, they appear to have used the Gregorian calendar, even as far back as the early 1970s, so we should not have to be concerned with it being from the Japanese Imperial Calendar. Six way reflectors and a cotterless crank would be rare on this style of bicycle in 1971 and by 1992 I would have expected a Unicrown fork. Consequently, my leading candidate would be a 1982 model.

The Bridgestone 1-2matic hub is very interesting. I have never seen one before and assume it is Asian market only based on the symbol in the shift lever's gear display window. Presumably, a device like this would be patented and if you can find a patent number of the hub or shift levers, we may be able to trace a date from that. Thank-you very much for posting this very interesting bicycle and unique gear-hub mechanism.
Hello, Nishiki "NH 05872"
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Hello, Nishiki "NH 05872"
The alpha prefix is 'KH', not 'NH', as I found the pictures in your gallery. It's a 1978 Nishiki Superbe manufactured by Kawamura of Japan, for the USA market. It was a new model in 1978 and top of the bicycle line. There was a higher Nishiki ONP but it was available only as special order frameset. Nice acquisition. Enjoy!
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Who was the builder?
Raleigh Tamarack. Taiwan made.
Serial 3KT0498
As found.
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Who was the builder?
Raleigh Tamarack. Taiwan made.
Serial 3KT0498
As found.
Old school ATB. Based on the serial number and frame features, I'd say it wasmanufactured in 1983 but it could be a 1984 model manufactured in very late 1983. Taiwanese Raleigh that we see from the 1980s are typically from Merida but that is not their format. Sorry, I don't know the manufacturer.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
Old school ATB. Based on the serial number and frame features, I'd say it wasmanufactured in 1983 but it could be a 1984 model manufactured in very late 1983. Taiwanese Raleigh that we see from the 1980s are typically from Merida but that is not their format. Sorry, I don't know the manufacturer.
M = Merida?

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M = Merida?

Maybe, but typically the Merida serial number format only has one one alpha character after the first number. Your serial number has two.
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Surf Rider - made in Japan

I purchased this bike years ago and could never find any information on it. Iím guessing itís from the late 70ís-80ís. Itís marked:
Surf Rider (on multiple locations)
Made in Japan
33.3 Three Speed Hub

There is a somewhat crudely engraved marking as well - X058998. Not sure if itís the serial number.

Can anyone help identify more about this bike?
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My latest project is a 90's, probably early, Rockhopper. MO(or 0?) ER28832
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Originally Posted by Shandtastic View Post
I purchased this bike years ago and could never find any information on it. Iím guessing itís from the late 70ís-80ís. Itís marked:
Surf Rider (on multiple locations)
Made in Japan
33.3 Three Speed Hub

There is a somewhat crudely engraved marking as well - X058998. Not sure if itís the serial number.

Can anyone help identify more about this bike?
Pictures may help.
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My latest project is a 90's, probably early, Rockhopper. MO(or 0?) ER28832
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I found your frame pic in the "wrenching" thread. It's a perfect match for the 1990 Rockhopper Comp. So, that 2nd character almost certainly is a zero. In which case, the suspension fork is an aftermarket addition. Thank-you for the contribution.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
I found your frame pic in the "wrenching" thread. It's a perfect match for the 1990 Rockhopper Comp. So, that 2nd character almost certainly is a zero. In which case, the suspension fork is an aftermarket addition. Thank-you for the contribution.
Thanks as always, T-Mar!
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Many of you will be aware of my penchant for collecting and analyzing serial numbers. This guide compiles the results of a decade of data collection of pre-1990 Asian serial numbers.

The guide is not necessarily comprehensive, as it only represents what has been collected and decrypted. The level of confidence in the decryption is high, unless otherwise stated, though it is dynamic and may not be 100% accurate. Contract manufactured brands are cross-reference to the manufacturer. The nationality of the brand owner ( pre- 1990) is stated in parentheses. Anybody having any further data, insight or corrections can contact me via the forum's private message process. Hopefully, it is self-explanatory with the use of the following legend:

F indicates an alpha character designating the fortnight (i.e. A= weeks 1-2, B=weeks 3-4,....Z = weeks 51-52)

M indicates an alpha character designating the month (i.e. A = January, B= February,... L = December)

Y indicates an alpha character designating the year . The year that corresponds to a particular alpha character can vary significantly. The specific convention will be listed under the manufacturer entry.

mm indicates two numeric characters designating the month (i.e 01 = January, 02=February,..... 12= December)

y indicates a numeric character designating the last digit of the year (i.e. 1 = 1971 or 1981, 2 = 1972 or 1982, etc.). With such codes, you have to determine the decade based on frame characteristics, components, etc.

yy indicates two numeric characters designating the last two digits of the year (i.e. 81 = 1981, 82= 1082, etc.)

xxxx indcates a numeric characters designating the sequential frame number within a the fortnight, month or year. This number string is typically four to six characters in length but can vary.

AMERICAN EAGLE (USA): see Kawamura.

AMERICAN FLYER (USA): see Kuwahara.

APOLLO (Canada): See Kuwahara.

A-PRO (Taiwan): Insuffcient data.

ARAYA (Japan): ARYMyxxxxx

AZUKI (?): See Kawamura, Kuwahara, Giant.

BIANCHI (Italy): See Hodaka, KHS, S(1)

BONTEKOE (Netherlands): see Miki

BRIDGESTONE (Japan): Myxxxxx & Fyxxxxx.
Grant Peterson, who was designer for Bridgestone starting in the mid-1980s, has stated that the alpha character is a month indicator, however, apparent fortnight indicators a high as "T" have been seen as early as 1973. The formats are easily confused with Miyata.

CAMPANIA (?): See K(1), S(1), Y(1).

CENTURION (USA): See Fairly, Katakura, Matsu****a, Mikki, N(1), Tano, U(1).

CENTURION (Germany): see Merida, Java Perdana

CHIMO (Canada): Insufficient data.

C. ITOH (Japan): See Bridgestone.

CONCORD (USA): See Dodsun, Kuwahara.

CORSARO (USA): See Nissan

CYCLONE (Japan): Insufficient data.

CYCLE PRO (USA): See Dodsun, Kawamura.

DIAMOND BACK (USA): See Fairly, N(1), U(1).

DODSUN (Taiwan): Insufficient data, but format appears to be DSBMymmxxxx(x) & DSym mxxxx(x) based on limited small size.

EDDY MERCKX (Belgium): See Miyata.

EMPEROR (Japan): Insufficient data.

FAIRLY (Taiwan): Fymmxxx(xx)

FEDERAL (Indonesia); Insufficient data but starts with FC. First numeral may be year indicator. Also see Kuwahara.

FERRARE (Japan): Insufficient data.

FUJI (Japan): P designates assumed production facility codes with known characters including F.G. I,J, K and M.

1971-1974: PyMxxxx, where years are based on the Imperial Japanese Calendar (i.e. 6 = Showa 46 = 1971, 7 = Showa 47 = 1972, 8 = Showa 48 = 1973, 9 = Showa 49 = 1974).

1975-1979: yyMxxxxx

1980-1989: PMyxxxxx

1984-1986 Special Series: Myxx(x)

GENERAL (USA): See Merida

GIANT (Taiwan):

1978-1986: Gmmyy on rear dropout.

1987-1989: GFyxxxxx

GITANE (France): See Nissan

GT (USA): See Hodaka, Fairly.

HIRAME (Japan): See Kuwahara

HODAKA (Taiwan): HyMxxxxx

HUNTER (?): See Yamaguchi

INTERNATIONAL (Canada ): See Bridgestone

ITOH (USA): See Bridgestone.

JAMIS (USA): See Hodaka.

JAVA PERDANA (Indonesia): JPyFxxxx Due to insufficient data, fortnight indicator may be a month indicator.

JET (?); See Bridgestone.

JUPITER KING (Japan): See Sank.
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K(1) (Japan): KyMxxxxx Same as 1980s Fuji format. Possible Fuji division or contractor.

KABUKI (Japan, USA): See Bridgestone, Nissan.

KAMRA (japan): See Kawamura

KATAKURA (Japan): KMyxxxxx Format easily confused with Kawamura.

KAWAMURA (Japan):

Pre-1975: KSxxxxxx

1975-1987: PYxxxxx, where P indicates the market (A = Australia, C = Canada, E = Europe, K = USA 1975-1984 and late 1980s non-ferrous frames, W = USA 1985-1987). Y designates year where E = 1975, F= 1976,.... J=1980, then A = 1981, B=1982, ... G= 1987. Easily confused with Katakura format.

KENSTAR (Taiwan?): Insufficient data.

KENT (Taiwan?): Insufficient data.

KHS (Taiwan): ymmxxxxx. See also U(1).

KING (USA?): Insufficient data.

KOBE (USA): Insufficient data but some may be Bridgestone manufacture.

KUWAHARA (Japan): yy mmxxxx(x) Also see Federal.

LEEWORLD (USA): See M(1)

LOTUS (USA): See Pacific, Tsunoda, Yamaguchi.

M(1): Unknown manufacturer, frame date code format appears to be MCAmmyy

MAIKO (USA?): See Kawamura, Kuwahara, Giant.

MARUISHI (Japan): Unknown, but format appears to be Y?xxxxx based o n very limited sample size. Year indicators appear to be A =1971,1981,etc, , B = 1972, 1982, etc. Second alpha character appears to be either fortnight or month indicator. Easily confused with Tsunoda.

MATSURI (?): See Nissan.

MATSU****A/NATIONAL (Japan): yMxxxxx

MERIDA (Taiwan): Insufficient data, but format appears to be MyMxxxx(x) based on limited sample size. Month indicator could turn out to be fortnight indicator. Also reported to use My??xxxx, where ?? is two letters. Somes uses a space or hyphen in front of xxxx number string. Easily confused with Miki , use country of origin decal, if present, to identify,

MIELE (Canada): See S(1).

MIKI (Japan): MyFxxxx

BF member Hummer believes 3rd caracter is a month indcator using A to M, with I omitted.

MIYATA (Japan):

1972-1984: Yxxxxxx, where A = 1972, B= 1973,....M= 1984.

1985-1989: YFxxxxx, where N=1985, O = 1986,...S=1990.

Format change occurred in late 1984, during model year change. Easily confused with Bridgestone.

See also U(1) for some late 1980s contract manufactured models.

MITZUTANI (Japan): Insufficient data.

MONGOOSE (USA): Insufficient data.

MOTIONCRAFT (?): See Miki.

NIKO (USA); Niko was the private label brand of retail and mail order store Bikecology. Owner, Alan Goldsmith, also worked for Western States Imports (Centurion) . While I have no Niko serial numbers, 1980s Niko models do strongly resemble Centurion and owners are suggested to check the serial number formats of Centurion contractors.

NISHIKI (USA): See Araya, Dodsun, Fairly, Giant, Katakura, Kawamura.

NISSAN (Japan): YFxxxxxN based on limited size. All end with 'N', which is believed to represent Nissan Cycles, which appears on a sticker on some bicycles. The first alpha character appears to be the year with C = 1980.

NASHBAR (USA): see Maruishi

NORCO (Canada): See Dodsun, Kawamura, Miki, Yamaguchi.

NOVARA (USA): See Fairly, N(1).

N(1) (Japan): NyFxxxx Manufacturer unknown. Some members believe that the 'N' prefix designates National but given that Panasonic and the Japanese manufactured Schwinns that came from Matsu****a/National do not use this format, it seems unlikely. There is evidence suggesting Tano, the major supplier to WSI/Centurion, though the format is different from that use in the 1970s.

BF member Hummer believes that the 3rd character is a month indicator with the 12 months being represented by A, B, D, E, G, H, K, L, M, N, P & S.

PACIFIC (Taiwan): Pyxxxxxx

PANASONIC (Japan): See Matsu****a.

PARKPRE (USA): Insufficient data.

PEUGEOT (France): See Araya, Merida

PISCEAN (Taiwan?): Insufficient data.

RALEIGH (UK): See Merida, Miki, N(1).

RENSHO (Japan): Insufficient data.

REX/REX II (Japan): Insufficient data. AKA Criterium Rex, the head badges on these bicycles denote Araya manufacture. They appear to be 1970s forerunners of the Araya branded bicycles of the early 1980s, but with a different serial number format. The format is similar to Bridgestone & Miyata, though frame characteristics, notably the distinctive seat stay caps, are different.

ROYCE UNION (Netherlands): Insufficient data.

S(1) (Japan): MSyxxxxx

S(2) (Japan): SyFxxxx

S(3) (Japan): sMyxxxxx

SAINT TROPEZ (?): Insufficient data.

SAKAI (Canada): See Miki, Yamaguchi

SANKI (Japan): Symmxxxx based on very few samples, low confidence

SANWA (USA): See Dodsun. Miki

SAVOY (?): Insufficient data but based on head badge, appears to be a sister brand to Royce Union.

SCHWINN (USA): See Bridgestone, Giant, Matsu****a, S(3).

SCOTT (USA): See Fairly.

SEKAI (USA 1974-1983, Canada 1984-1990): See Dodsun, Fairly, Fuji, K(1), Matsu****a, Miki, Yamamguchi, Y(1).

SEKINE (Japan): Insufficient data, but format appears to be Ym(m) xxxx(x) based on limited sample size. Year indicators appear to be V= 1972 or 1973, W = 1973 or 1974, etc.

SENATOR (?): Insufficient data.

SHIMANO (Japan): Shimano manufactured complete bicycles from September 1950 to May 1954 but these are extremely rare. After that, Shimano would commission frames to build up and use for displays at bicycle shows but these were generally high end models. Most Shimano bicycles that surface have been rebranded by their owners. Consequently, there is too much variation in serial number formats to list.

SHOGUN (Japan): See Merida, Mikki, S(1), S(2), N(1), Yamaguchi.

SILK (Japan): See Katakura.

SKYWAY (Japan): See Bridgestone

SOMA (USA?): See Kuwahara.

SPECIALIZED (USA): See Giant, Miyata, S(1)

SPEEDWAY (USA): See Kuwahara

SR (?): See Araya, Miki.

STEVE BAUER (Canada): See Yamaguchi

SUCHIA (?): Insufficient data.

SUPERCYLE (Canada): See Bridgestone

TAKARA (USA): See Fuji, Kuwahara, S(1), Y(1).

TANO (Japan): not yet decoded

TEAM CHANCE (Canada): See Hodaka

TSUNODA (Japan): Unknown, but format appears to be YFxxxxx though correlation for Y has not been determined. Some members believe that Tsunoda was only a trading company and not a manufacturer but Lotus bicycles often have labels stating "Made by Tsunoda Japan" and similar statements can be found in Lotus literature. Easily confused with Maruishi format.

U(1) (?): Uymmxxxxx Manufacturer unknown. These codes start appearing on Centurion and Diamond back models in the very late 1980s. It is known that China Bicycle Company started supplying entry level models to Western State Imports at this time, just before acquiring WSI in late 1989 and this would appear to be the logical manufacturer but bicycles with this S/N format have been reported with Made in Taiwan labels and CBC was located in China.

UNION (Netherlands): see Miki

UNIVEGA (USA): See Merida, Miyata, Dodsun, Giant.

UNIVERSITY (?): Insufficient data.

VENTURA (?): Insufficient data.

VISTA (USA): See Araya.

VOLKSCYCLE (USA): Insufficient data.

WORLD OF WHEELS (USA): See Kuwahara

Y(1) (Japan):Yyy mmxxxxx Manufacturer unknown but circumstantial evidence indicates it may be the pre-1980 Yamaguchi format.

YAMAGUCHI (Japan): YyFxxxx. There has been some speculation whether Yamaguchi is the manufacturer for this format but samples have been reported with Yamaguchi labels.

YOKOTA (Japan): Insufficient data.

ZEBRA (?): Insufficient data.

ZEBRAKENKO (Japan): Insufficient data
Hi, I just joined but I have a Jupiter and a Kenko I can help with to add to the database if desired.
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