Vintage, yesteryear and retro biking
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Wondering if anyone can help me out and identify the frame below. I picked it up from a fellow cycling enthusiast and I am unsure whether its authentic.
The frame has Hillman decals and is very light, sporting a Reynolds 501 Double Butted sticker. The paint scheme I suspect is original; there is yellow overspray inside the head tube and areas where the colours merge are untouched. However, the bottom bracket and drop outs have been attacked with paint, likely from a spray can.
The frame measures 48cm seat tube with a 52cm top tube, which is meant to be unusual. The frame has two bolts positioned on the down tube, near the bottom bracket and feature V brake bosses. I've stripped paint from the bottom bracket and can't find a build number.
Before I send Hillman a email - is there anyone that can shed some light on the frame?
I asked Henry Hill about a Hillman Decal Set like the one on your bike frame and he said that he didn't have any decals of that style anymore. I bought a later version of the Hillman decals instead. That was around 1992. If it is a forgery, it must have happened quite a while ago. I would think it's original. BTW yellow was Henry Hills favourite bike colour.
Thanks for the replies so far.
I emailed Hillman and they asked for a serial number from the bottom bracket - so it appears that this is the only way to identify if its a custom Hillman. Did Hillman ever make "off-the-shelf" non custom frames? Having a look around the internet - it seems many others also have psuedo-Hillman without any numbers. I also read somewhere that in the 70s Hillman sold a whole bunch of decals, which might explain all the imitations.
I had the frame blasted and a serial number has appeared on the seat tube.
It looks about 10 digits long: A903(?)615492. I think old Treks had longer serial numbers, but they started with T instead of the A.
In the 70's before I could afford to have a custom frame built for me I had my old frame resprayed by Hillman with my name on it like you did if you were trying to be a racer and it came back with Hillman decals even though it wasn't a Hillman frame at all.
Serial number is nothing like either hillman's I have owned (still have one)
They have a 4 digit serial number on the BB shell and steerer. Both mine have been 32xx
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