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Old 02-05-18, 04:22 PM
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Batavus Frame ID help needed

Hi, need a little help here.

So I pulled a bike from the river where I go kayaking today, it was in good condition, but had probably been there for a week or so. Batavus Sprint seems to be the Make and Model. However when i search for this I see photos of a racer. the model I have pulled out is a high handle bar model with a 'womens' frame. It also has hub brakes, a dynamo/light combo that appear to be stock and a pannier rack. 5-speed with the gear lever on the stem on the handle bars. The frame number is 2984-VA-74.

Online research has this fit the Danish VIN system, but Batavus is Dutch as far as I can tell. I'm guessing that the 74 means 1974, but I'm not sure.

Any info on this bike would be much appreciated, year of manufacture etc. Really struggling to find info online about it.
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Old 02-06-18, 12:37 AM
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That is not a serial number but the owner's postal code and street number.

Sprints came both with drop bars and upright bars.
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Old 02-06-18, 01:15 AM
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Cheers, I'll have to look a little harder for the serial number so!
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Sounds like a typical sportier Batavus model from the 70's allthough the name probably continued in the 80's and returned much later. A pretty well made bike but due to the sportier looks things like the chainguard and fenders are probably a bit flimsy. If it's from the 90's or later it's not that well build and the drum brakes would suggest it's not that old.

You might try duck duck go and do a 'Netherlands search', with images and find simular models and take it from there.

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Old 02-06-18, 12:16 PM
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Welcome to BF C&V.
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Also a Batavus owner who picked up an abused one. Mine = frame and fork that had to be straightened and aligned.
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Might have been stolen & ditched in the river? If @non-fixie is right then it may be possible to verify or disprove that theory.
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The postal code + street number is often found engraved in the tubes of Dutch bikes. It was popular as a theft deterrent measure in the late seventies and eighties. Much to my chagrin, BTW, as it also ruined the paint jobs on many nice bikes.

Interestingly, postal code 2984 VA doesn't seem to exist. At least not in the database I just checked. If the 2984 part is correct, the bike was once owned by someone from Ridderkerk.

If you find the real serial number, and the bike is from between 1968 and 1984 - which most Sprints are - the first digit should tell you the year, i.e. "6" would be 1976.
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@non-fixie Serial number found! 2-36 8466. It also has the Inter-city label on it.

I recovered the bike in Ireland, so this bike has done some travelling in it's time! The Hub brakes are made in England, would that be 'normal'?

@Hudson308, I'm going to run the Serial number by the local police to ensure I'm in the clear.

New saddle and tube going on tomorrow, so hopefully I can take it for a ride and see how she is.

Photo was taken early in the morning, so not great light, sorry.

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More searching online reveals that the Hub Brakes are not common on these, if ever fitted, which leads me to believe that they have been added later for some reason.
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@non-fixie Serial number found! 2-36 8466. It also has the Inter-city label on it.

I recovered the bike in Ireland, so this bike has done some travelling in it's time! The Hub brakes are made in England, would that be 'normal'?

@Hudson308, I'm going to run the Serial number by the local police to ensure I'm in the clear.
Good man! You would want it returned had it been pinched from you, especially if it was a primary means of transport.
Because it's had a good soaking you'll obviously want to overhaul the hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Wiping it all down with mineral spirits and a decent car wax would probably be a good idea as well.
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Good man! You would want it returned had it been pinched from you, especially if it was a primary means of transport.
Because it's had a good soaking you'll obviously want to overhaul the hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Wiping it all down with mineral spirits and a decent car wax would probably be a good idea as well.
cheers for the tips!
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Plenty of them for sale in The Netherlands on Marktplaats (local eBay)

The Sprint Tour 1990 model did come with drum brakes.

The color seems to match my girlfriend's Pre-1985 Sprint.


Probably the upright model which looks very similar but has a different (beefier, non-chromed) fork for the drum brake.

EDIT:

Yours looks similar to this ad

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More searching online reveals that the Hub Brakes are not common on these, if ever fitted, which leads me to believe that they have been added later for some reason.
Drum brakes were the deluxe option at the time. Those would make the bike HFL 100 more expensive.
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