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Any clues as to what make this bike is ?

Old 07-04-16, 09:56 PM
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Any clues as to what make this bike is ?

Hi there,

I bought a old bike frame on line a few weeks back - from someone who was clearing up after a relative had to be moved to an old peoples rest home.
The seller didnt have a clue as to what the bike was. From the photos I thought it was likely to be a Carlton, but now I don't think so.
(The head badge holes are straight up and down, whereas Carlton have horizontally aligned headbadge rivets. - but could definitely be from the the Raleigh/ Carlton conglomerate.
I have attached some pics - as you can see the frame is chromed, and it has a serial number on the frame K24124 - with some sleek looking lugs, the dropouts are 'cast' not stamped.

Any ideas / info appreciated.

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Old 07-04-16, 10:13 PM
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small images - apologies

Apologies - 2 of the 3 images are tiny - will get some better images up in the next 24 hours !
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Hi, capella lugs-

That wrapover seat stay treatment was used by Carlton a lot but also by Falcon. However, the vertical holes for the badge and the chrome lugs lead me to think it may be a Worksop built Sun Snipe Prestige. Link here, scroll down to mid-page.
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Any clues as to what make this bike is ?

I think you may have 'nailed it' - looks suspiciously like it, particularly the photo of the somewhat 'used' "Sun Snipe Prestige" - in having some very 'Carlton' features, yet obviously not a Carlton - headbadge rivet holes not matching etc - I have spent a lot of time 'fiddling' with mostly Carltons - and the similarities of Carltons to this bike were bugging me , because it clearly wasn't a Carlton !
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The fork crown is different, but the long pointed lugs, wraparound seat stay, and K24124 S/N (on bottom of BB shell?) strongly suggest Kawamura, American Eagle / Nishiki's frame builder. The leading "2" might indicate a 1972 build, but the downtube water bottle mounting bosses and sidepull brake calipers, if original, suggest ca. 1980.
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Are blades d-section?

Fork appears earlier than frame.
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any clues as to what make of bike this is ?

Hi there, thanks for the replies - a couple things - re Juvella's question about the front forks - no , the forks aren't D section - must be the angle(s) the photos are on, the forks are 'old school' in their construction and lugs, and to mer look in keeping with the rest of the frame. Thanks for your replies. Cheers
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