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Old 08-15-11, 06:13 AM
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Elswick Hopper - help with serial number

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My dad was given a second-hand Elswick Hopper back in 1988 which my boyfriend discovered in my parents' shed recently. I now have it in my garage and we are hoping to give it some TLC.

We are both curious to know when it dates from but hours of research on the internet has not come up with much help yet.

After some searching we eventually located the serial number lurking underneath the saddle and had to remove some of the paint to reveal it. Everything I have read so far suggests there should be 5 digits followed by a letter - but all we can find is 6 digits which appear to read 287737. Is anyone able to shed any light on this?





Thanks for any help you can give me with this

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Astro, I doubt the serial no. will help much in dating the bike, I don't know if a serial no. list for Elswick-Hopper is out there.
Usually a good guide here is to post good photos of the bike, overall of the drive side and close ups of each component area for us to date by the components.
Does the bike carry a 3-speed hub? The rear hub usually carries a date stamped on the shell.
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Old 08-15-11, 09:17 AM
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Thanks for your reply David. I have taken some other pictures of the bicycle which I will post up. Didn't want to overload everyone with too many images

I did find this chart which helps with dating from the letter in the serial number:



Here are some other pics:













Thanks again for any help

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Well just been out to the bike and cleaned off a really thick layer of grime and muck on the rear hub to reveal this:





Does the number "69" imprinted on it mean it was made in 1969 then?

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Yes, the hub date code is November, 1969. Baring any other infomration, it could be assumed your bike is a 1970 model.
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Fantastic! So pleased to have found that much out at least. Thanks for all help on this so far

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This is a well-known marque among bikes. You want to see this model:

https://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/elswickhopper.html

Obviously, yours is not this model, BUT this site is the place to ask questions. The moderator is very nice.

There is another British bike maven, Mr. Norris Lockley, who is a walking encyclopedia of all things British + bikes. He is currently traveling tho, so would not be accessible to ask. Perhaps he'll be back in a few weeks.

In the meantime, write to Peter Underwood, the list administrator of ClassicLightweights. I have no doubt that he can assist you.

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Okay, this isn't news that will rock your boat or anything, but I can tell you the three speed trigger shifter in your photo is the correct one for a 1969-70 era bike.

If the bike has a Brooks leather saddle, there is a good chance that a date-of- manufacture code was stamped into the bottom of the frame somewhere at the back. The ones I've seen have a letter (which means who knows what?) and two digits, which give you the year.
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The saddle on the bike is leather but has a Europa label on it.



I've just googled "Europa bicycle saddle" but it has come back with nothing that appears to be relevant. Anyone else got a Europa saddle?

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Hi
I found vintage bicycle Elswick Barton on Humber bicycle with serial number S 46663 and i would like to know the year of production of this bike 1963-1939-1915 ?Thank you for your help

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