Help identifying a Speedwell frame

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Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Sat Apr 06, 2013 5:12 pm

I was given a Speedwell frame recently. I suspect it in one of the later post Malvern Star sale models, but just wondering if anyone is able to help me identify which model it is and roughly when it was made?

Frame:
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Branding:
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Unidentified sticker - perhaps this was the model?
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Front (note, plastic logo)
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Thanks for all your help!

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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby rollin » Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:52 pm

If any of the parts are shimano, they will have a date stamp 2 letters?..
I'd say mid 70s hi tensile

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Japan/ ... _codes.htm
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby speedywheels » Sat Apr 06, 2013 8:06 pm

The faded sticker on the top tube was more than likely the model name. In the 70's Speedwell used quite a few model names including GENTS SPORTS,
SUPER SPORTS, SPECIAL SPORTS and FLASH.
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:59 pm

Thanks for the help!

One of the shimano parts has a stamp of CF. Does that mean anything to anyone?

I expected that the faded decal might be the model name. All I can make out on it is that the second last letter is an A. I will see if I can figure out any more. Thanks again for the help!
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby munga » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:16 pm

google "shimano date codes" and check out the vintage-trek website.

nice bottle cage.
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:33 pm

So my derailer was made in March, 1981. Thanks!
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby speedywheels » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:39 am

Could be a Speedwell "STREAK"?
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby find_bruce » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:41 am

CommandoAndo wrote:So my derailer was made in March, 1981. Thanks!

Wrong way round, the year is first so CF is 1978, June
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby Torana68 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:43 am

CommandoAndo wrote:I was given a Speedwell frame recently. I suspect it in one of the later post Malvern Star sale models, but just wondering if anyone is able to help me identify which model it is and roughly when it was made? CommandoAndo


as you've found its a later "70's frame, Asian made (cheapie) these are not a badly made frame just lower end and not Australian. Speedwell never had anything to do with MS nor the other way around, they both sold out at different times to another greedy company without love for anything 'çept profit.
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:33 pm

Thanks everyone for your responses and your help. So my next question, do you recon it is worth doing it up? By the sounds of it, there is no point trying to restore it to original. Perhaps there is sufficient reason to so it up to be a good bike just for the sake of riding it though. I have most of the parts anyway I think. And now that I know it is a cheapie, I wouldn't feel too bad painting it a fun colour and losing the decals. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby Torana68 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:18 pm

CommandoAndo wrote:.......I wouldn't feel too bad painting it a fun colour and losing the decals. Anyone have any thoughts?
Thanks again!


worth it? not to make a profit but for fun and your own enjoyment go for it!
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:35 am

Thanks. So I won't be burned at the stake by retro bicycle fans for destroying all it's decals etc?
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby Torana68 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:02 am

CommandoAndo wrote:Thanks. So I won't be burned at the stake by retro bicycle fans for destroying all it's decals etc?


cant guaranty that :D
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Re: Help identifying a Speedwell frame

Postby CommandoAndo » Mon Apr 08, 2013 10:53 am

Torana68 wrote:cant guaranty that :D


My concerns exactly!
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