Wakatuki wrote:On the Shimano crank found these letters, P 170 A Assumed 170 id length so used the P/A would give me January 1991. Now the frame looked to be . WP 801162 or WP 801763 but understand last four are production numbers so not model relevant. From that I figured it was a Nottingham built in November, but does the 8 make it 1998? 7 years on the shelf from Shimano components..
Found a 1991 Raliegh Cat online but bike not featured.. Getting curious now. I certainly bought it second hand around 1998/99 hmm not as old as I thought. I'll keep looking.
BUMP can anyone offer any clarification on the dates?? I cannot seem to get it narrowed down. I would also like to have a rough idea of its value... Now and if restored? Thank you.
Ok, after a bit more digging the common theme is it's an Elan, BUT I have never seen an Elan with the nodule on the seat stay chain side or the one on the steerer tube. The plot thickens, measure the seat tube, 26.98mm I think that make it 501? Anyway pics including serial ....
That WP8001623 and a number 5 rotated anti-clockwise above the WP.... I have found my camera now so can take bigger shots if needed. I would really just like to know what it is before the restore. Also the smallest cog on the cassette, I can move it back on forth about one tooth, that's not normal is it? Weighs in at just over 10KG. 14 speed (2x7) Biopace...and exage 300ex
First letter - production factory: N=Nottingham W=Worksop (1967-1980), Nottingham after 1981, following closure of Worksop factory. Discontinued in 1990. E=Enid (USA) G=Gazelle M=Malaysia R=Canada D=Ireland H=Handsworth (U.K.) S=Unknown, but in existence B=Unknown, but reported Second letter - approximate month of frame manufacture: Jan=A Feb=B/C Mar=D Apr=E/F May=G Jun=H/I/J Jul=K Aug=L Sep=M Oct=N/O Nov=P/Q/R Dec=S First numeral (third digit in sequence): Year of manufacture; "3" = 1973, "4" = 1974, "5" = 1975, "6" = 1976, etc. All following digits: Unit # in production run
A cycle manufactured in Nottingham, in the month of March of the year 1975, would feature the serial "ND5------."
For instance, the photo shown above, to the left, bears the serial "NL9------," indicating a machine made in August 1979, at the Nottingham factory. The example to the left is "WR0------," which would indicate Worksop manufacture in November of 1980 (and most likely a 1981 model due to the late month).
I'll be chipping in soon on this thread(pics to come) with an all be it lower end Hi ten number(freebie), that has the retro 80's aero tubes and a groovy space shuttle decal. It's kinda heavy , but rides quite nicely considering...... Plenty of rusty patina, but will make a great shopping/local commute bike with a little effort. Already have 2 R20's in the stable , 1 folding 1 non.
BRLVR.v2 wrote:I'll be chipping in soon on this thread(pics to come) with an all be it lower end Hi ten number(freebie), that has the retro 80's aero tubes and a groovy space shuttle decal. It's kinda heavy , but rides quite nicely considering...... Plenty of rusty patina, but will make a great shopping/local commute bike with a little effort. Already have 2 R20's in the stable , 1 folding 1 non.