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Does this look like a Reynolds decal?

Old 04-01-21, 01:38 PM
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Does this look like a Reynolds decal?

A local ad has a Sears ten speed for sale. I looked at it and thought I saw a Reynolds decal on the fork leg. Can someone on the forum confirm what I think I see? If is is Reynolds, I may have a new project.

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Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the fork. Also the remains of one on the seat tube. Sears did sell a full 531db model during the boom, and IIRC, they were painted that color. Definitely worth pursuing.
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Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the fork. Also the remains of one on the seat tube. Sears did sell a full 531db model during the boom, and IIRC, they were painted that color. Definitely worth pursuing.
When I noticed the wingnuts on the front hub, I thought that it was worth an effort.
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Yup:

[/url]SearsFreeSpirit1974 by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/8858391@N04/]

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yes, this is one of the Steyr produced machines

date is right near to 1970

be aware that the Sakae Ringyo chainset has the odd three degree taper. it is made with unusually thick chainwheel spacers. this is done to permit the rider to run the small/small combination without the chain rubbing on the inner face of the outer chainwheel. it has the effect of potentially creating derailments where the chain gets wedged between the chainwheels. do not employ a Sedisport or other narrow drive chain with this chainset. use only full width drive chain.

threading is BSC

spacing is 100/120

chainstay bridge is ESGE plate style

frame ends are Shimano (IIRC!)

chainstay stop an early Shimano piece with zinc finish

wheel rims Weinmann/Alesa

hubs Gnutti

wheelbase is limo long

appears that stem, saddle pillar, saddle and pedals have been changed out

original pedal was Union model U40



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Old 04-01-21, 02:25 PM
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Thanks to responders for the confirmation. I am picking it up on Saturday.
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It's the perfect bike to ride down to watch a Red Sox game.


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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post

That is appropriate. I have a pair of 27" wheels with a 3 speed rear AW hub waiting for a decent frame. Like I need one more bike in my garage. Looks like I'll need to donate one to fit this in.
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It's the perfect bike to ride down to watch a Red Sox game.


That would be one helluva ride from where i live in Maryland, crossing a bridge and all even to get to the Acela. Don't buy me a ticket to tempt me.
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
That would be one helluva ride from where i live in Maryland, crossing a bridge and all even to get to the Acela. Don't buy me a ticket to tempt me.
Red Sox tix are hard to find. You gotta know somebody...

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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
That would be one helluva ride from where i live in Maryland, crossing a bridge and all even to get to the Acela. Don't buy me a ticket to tempt me.
I rode from DC back to Boston a couple of years ago: Getting over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was an interesting challenge, but there was a taxi service!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post


I love the seat position in the bottom catalog image.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post

I love the seat position in the bottom catalog image.
I tried it that way for a while, but it had a serious effect on my wattage.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I tried it that way for a while, but it had a serious effect on my wattage.
I know what you mean. My wattage hurts when the saddle is not right.
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Assuming that the bike is 1970ish, what would the Reynolds decals look like?
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I rode from DC back to Boston a couple of years ago: Getting over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was an interesting challenge, but there was a taxi service!
The taxi/escort service is normally used for automobile drivers who are incapable of driving over a high and long bridge. There is no way to bike across the span. It is a beautiful drive and is done thousands of times every day by commuters and tourists.
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I love the seat position in the bottom catalog image.
Sears likely copied that seat position from one of its early 19th century catalogs!
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Sears likely copied that seat position from one of its early 19th century catalogs!
It's also possible that Ted Williams liked to position his saddle that way.
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It's also possible that Ted Williams liked to position his saddle that way.
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I bought the bike this morning - for $30 I couldn't pass it up. It is Reynolds db frame and fork, but the seat tube decal is nearly gone and the fork blade decals are in bad shape as well. The paint is a bit better than I expected, but has rubs, scrapes, and chips. I think the seat post may be original - it is steel and measures 26.5 by my inaccurate caliper, I assume it is 26.4 or 26.6. The rear derailleur is Crane, the front Titleist, and the stem shifters are 333 as far as I can tell. The brakes and levers are Weinmann 610. I'll need to clean it up to determine more details.The little chrome clamp-on bits are pretty rusty, we'll see how they clean up after a bath in Evaporust. The chrome fork ends should polish up with Mother's. I found serial numbers on the head tube (left side 49 or 840917) (right side 503 47448 0).

I'll get back later with as found photos.

What stem would be appropriate for the bike?
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thank you for this update

the number commencing 503 is the Sears item/product identification number, not a serial

the 503 prefix indicates a product produced by Steyr

a Sears bicycle with a 502 code is manufactured by Murray

saddle pillar size: appears a shim is present; its lip is far enough above the seat lug that it looks like you could take a measurement of its outer diameter without disturbing anything

would have guessed bicycle very slightly too early for a Crane rear mech

IIRC it's launch was ~1972


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thank you for this update

the number commencing 503 is the Sears item/product identification number, not a serial

the 503 prefix indicates a product produced by Steyr

a Sears bicycle with a 502 code is manufactured by Murray

saddle pillar size: appears a shim is present; its lip is far enough above the seat lug that it looks like you could take a measurement of its outer diameter without disturbing anything

would have guessed bicycle very slightly too early for a Crane rear mech

IIRC it's launch was ~1972


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Thanks for that. I noticed that there is a shim in the seat tube - you can see it in one of the photos.
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That’s the real deal! Great snag! I continue to look for one of those.
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