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Old 01-27-10, 01:13 PM
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Please help identify my bike pictures included(New pictures added)

Hi I'm having real trouble identifying my bike and I hope someone here can help here are some details

Crank is Dotek, I think it's original,

frame has 531st decals and is painted black with a geen paint splash effect not sure if this is original,

derailers are shimano exage 300, rear hub also,

the quil stem has GB imprinted on it andhas an exposed bolt going down the middle,

It has mountings for two bottle cages, and also mounting holes for front and rear mudguards,

That's about all I can think of for now any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 01-27-10, 01:42 PM
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just to add I've looked all over the frame for serial numbers and cannot find any.

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Is there a serial number on the back of the seat post (below the stays) ?

That particular Reynolds 531 competition is a sticker that was used from the mid 1980s on.

I have a hard time believing that this is the original component set, because they are much lower level than the components you can find on a 531 bike.
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+1 Bottom end components. I would not put a lot of work into finding a serial number as many of them are meaningless. There was no standard unfortunately on serial numbers.

Seat post size? That will guide whether the 531 sticker is legitimate.
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That green/black crackle paint is pretty unique. Somebody should jump in with the correct answer soon.
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The pictures you posted aren't too bright (or are my eyes bad?) I think you'll get more help with better pictures of the fork crown, seat lug, brake bridge, rear dropouts and the lugs of the headtube.

Two sets of bottle cage bosses usually denotes a decent frame at least.

Is there a outline of a sticker or badge on the headtube? Or holes where one would be attached?
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If I was forced to take a guess, I would say Univega.
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Originally Posted by love2pedal.com
If I was forced to take a guess, I would say Univega.
The location of the buyer (UK), the location of the 531 sticker, and the GB stem, made me guess Raleigh (thus the question whether there is a S/N on the back of the seat post; some of them had it on the BB.)

Univega would be extremely hard to get in the UK
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Old 01-27-10, 03:02 PM
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531 ST is "Special Tourist": a heavier gauge set for touring bikes, yet this frame, so hard to make out details, doesn't seem to be one. Could be legit, could be a decal added after a repaint...better pics would help.
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Give me five minutes please I'll add some more pictures, there is no serial number back of seat post or under BB, I'm using the camera on my phone best I can do I'm afraid but I'll try to get some better ones,

THank you for all your help.
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Old 01-27-10, 06:19 PM
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there are no marks on the headset tube where badge would be, the bike is light only came in at just under 21Ibs when it was fully built up so that makes me think it's genuine 531,

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well, those help, but not enough for me to ID it (and don't worry, we're no in any hurry if you're not). Seems like it's an early to mid '80s frame, probably 531 ST as labeled, and has the double eyelets and rack fittings of a tourist, but no canti brake bosses. The GB stem is much older (like from early 70s). Looks like a nice one, but no idea of a maker, sorry.
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thank you nice to know it's probably genuine(using my phone to upload pictures took me over 1 hour to do so really slow connection that was the reason for the delay)

Thanks for your input.
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I have a GB stem exactly like that. Came on my 74' Raleigh Grand Prix.
IT certainly seems like a nice bike. Hope you get an answer.
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I had a 1990 bike with a 531 tubing sticker that was identical in style. Is there any stamping on the dropouts? Also, as stated, the seatpost size will be helpful also.
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It looks a lot like like my 1973 Carlton Competition. Roger
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I had a 1990 bike with a 531 tubing sticker that was identical in style. Is there any stamping on the dropouts? Also, as stated, the seatpost size will be helpful also.
+1 that type of 531 frame sticker was used from mid 80s until late 90s.

(still do not get the ST part, maybe a better picture will help, it looks like "competition" -i.e. 531c- to me from that one picture and the geometry and the lack of canti bosses somewhat agree with it.)

some things that are clear to me are that

-the Exage components do not belong with the bike (and that crank is totally out of place)
-the cockpit almost suggests a copy and paste job from a late 70s Grand Prix (GB stem and basic DiaCompe levers)
-that paint job is probably a later one (thus the lack of ID stickers) and it might even negate the originality of the 531 stickers...

Here is a starting point:

How much does the bike weight as is?
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Old 01-27-10, 09:50 PM
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no numbers/letters on the dropouts I measured the seatpost itself and it is 27mm
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That could be right size for a 531ST seat tube, did you read the size as stamped on the post, or measure it with accurate calipers? I ask this cause it's very hard to get the fractional millimeters (.2mm) that separate seat post sizes with just vernier calipers and human eyes.
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The 531 decal says super Tourist on the bottom in red the bike weighs just under 21Ibs with the crank, seat in place which is an iscaselle light that was the weight before I took anything off it.

with the crank, seat, bb and front brakes removed it's down to 15Ibs(as you see it in the picture)
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No I had to use a metal good quality ruler, I do have good eyesight lol but I know what you mean about making errors but I'm pretty sure it's 27.2mm seat tube
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they do seat post sizes in 2mm difference between sizes? measuring again it's definately more than 27mm and less than 27.5mm I'm sticking to 27.2mm
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Originally Posted by Wadestar
they do seat post sizes in 2mm difference between sizes? measuring again it's definately more than 27mm and less than 27.5mm I'm sticking to 27.2mm
27.2 sounds good as far as a 531 frame goes...

the weight you listed (with the size of the bike) makes it a pretty light one. Not much knowledge on the Raleigh products on that side of the pond in the mid 80s, but this might either be one of them or a smaller British framebuilder job...
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I'll check back in tomorrow, off to bed now.

Thank you for all your help much appreciated.
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Nice frame. 531ST, 60-62cm frame....21lbs? I think you need a new scale.
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