Non 531 vintage bike.

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roger72
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Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby roger72 » 17 Mar 2014, 8:45pm

I have a raleigh rapide mid 1960,s bike which is built with raleighs own 18-20 gauge tubing which i believe weigh only about 3/4 lb more than 531 plain gauge tubes. It has chrome fancy lugs, 3/4 chrome front forks & wrapover seat stays,my question is, as it is not 531 tubing is it worth anything & is it worth a respray ?

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martin biggs
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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby martin biggs » 17 Mar 2014, 9:20pm

tough question as a respray would take away all the bikes originality and character in my mind

does the bike have sentimental value to you ?

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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby drossall » 17 Mar 2014, 9:28pm

Economically, probably not, but I've had several older frames that I simply liked resprayed in order to get longer service from them.

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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby Ayesha » 18 Mar 2014, 7:12am

I had an old non-531 frame once. Half chrome forks.
Got it resprayed and had my own name on the frame decals. Designed and made my own head badge.
Being in the Birmingham part of the world, Reynolds waterslides were widely available ‘under the counter’ and decent LBSs.
There is usually someone at the Redditch cycle jumble who has genuine Reynolds 531 waterslides.

Do it!

Dynamite_funk
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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby Dynamite_funk » 20 Mar 2014, 8:46am

Bead blast and (exceptional quality) powder coat for £30 (F&F) near me, I would definately be doing it :)

roger72
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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby roger72 » 31 Mar 2014, 8:37am

Thanks to all who have replied to my question.Roger72.

Brucey
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Re: Non 531 vintage bike.

Postby Brucey » 31 Mar 2014, 9:45am

Dynamite_funk wrote:Bead blast and (exceptional quality) powder coat for £30 (F&F) near me, I would definately be doing it :)


If you could supply details -here or via PM as you see fit- I'd be grateful.

cheers

Brucey
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