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Old 04-15-11, 04:42 AM
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Claud Butler Special


I've recently acquired a Claud Butler Special (frame and fork), and I'm
trying to figure out its specs. It has a "Reynolds 531 Frame Tubes"
decal on the seat tube, so I'm assuming it's straight gauge. The fork
also has a Reynolds sticker.

I have searched extensively for Claud Butler catalogues and not once
have found the "Special" listed in any of them.

I would really like to know its seatpost diameter. Looks like 26.6 or
26.8; can't tell.


It has a head badge, but I'm not sure how to attach it to the head tube.
Any tips?
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If it has holes use rivets, small screws. If not, use 3M two sided tape, the kind used to attach automotive mouldings. That's what I would use.

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Nice! Do you know the vintage? It's got a lamp bracket on the fork so I'd assume it's an earlier frame. "Special" may not have been cataloged, I think you'd be correct in selecting any parts that were of the same quality and vintage as the frame. Keep up posted with photos as you complete the build.

* By the looks of the decals, it's a repaint. Perhaps question its lineage a bit, is it a Special or was that someone's fancy? Is the fork original to the frame?

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The fork is original. I don't think it's a repaint... It's been in stock for a long time.

The seller told me it was from 1980. The dropouts are Campagnolo. SN is 018298.

From the catalogues, the bike/frameset that seems closer to it is the Cresta. Maybe they were related in any way?
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You might want to post this over at Classic Rendezvous. There are some serious Claud Butler experts among that group.

It's a lovely looking frame. Do keep us posted on your build.
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I love English bikes. You have a real beauty there. I couldn't find rivets small enough or appropriate screws for my Holdsworth's head badge, so I used weather stripping cement to attach it with some small shiny nail heads cut to fill the holes. The cement is like a viscous rubber cement. The final look is really good and the badge seems very secure.
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