Age of British Eagle Touristique

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Age of British Eagle Touristique

Postby musherrob » Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:01 am

Hi Folks..Thanks to those folks you replied to my Quest on how to find The Age of a Cycle.
I am Considering selling my Touristique but need a reliable date as to its ageThe last owner said it was circa mid to late 80,s...so...have looked at the Frame No which is barely visible other than take off some paint..oops..Never!!I did consider having a refurb on the frame which would have identified it but even then would it?...But..It has a Shimano Biospace Exage 500 lx chainset and gearing.The stamp on the Canti is BR-M454.Hubs FH-HG50.A HG-HYPERGLIDE Freewheel and the makers transfer on the base of the Seat tube British Eagle Cycle Co,Newtown,Powys..Will upload some pics in the hope that someone out there can give us a clue..Thanks AllImage
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Postby glueman » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:27 pm

About 1990 give or take.
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Postby chris667 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:01 pm

It's not worth a huge amount of money, in case you're wondering. Certainly not as much as a Galaxy.
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Postby tooley92 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:10 pm

I would say 1990 ish also, just by the Reynolds transfers.
All the Shimano bits will have a two letter date code on them somewhere, which will date the bike more accurately (so long as stuff hasn't been upgraded at a later date), in your case it all looks original enough.

The dates are as follows, with the first letter being the year and the second being the month.

A 1976 2002 A January

B 1977 2003 B February

C 1978 2004 C March

D 1979 2005 D April

E 1980 E May

F 1981 F June

G 1982 G July

H 1983 H August

I 1984 I September

J 1985 J October

K 1986 K November

L 1987 L December

M 1988

N 1989

O 1990

P 1991

Q 1992

R 1993

S 1994

T 1995

U 1996

V 1997

W 1998

X 1999

Y 2000

Z 2001

Hope this helps.
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Postby musherrob » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:23 pm

Thanks for replies and dates..Will check the bits out for letters etc..so maybe late 80,s early 90,s is a guideline.Can anybody say what the Frame No denotes and how it is figured out?Thanks again
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Postby musherrob » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:29 pm

I had a Dawes S Galaxy before this and it was a tad heavier and not so responsive especially with a couple of Panniers on board.The Touristique angles make it a comfortable tourer as well make it a smoother ride.
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Postby thirdcrank » Sat Jan 17, 2009 5:53 pm

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Postby pete75 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:14 pm

chris667 wrote:It's not worth a huge amount of money, in case you're wondering. Certainly not as much as a Galaxy.


I know from experience tthat they're a better machine than a Galaxy.
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Postby chris667 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:30 pm

pete75 wrote:I know from experience tthat they're a better machine than a Galaxy.

I'm sure it's a perfectly nice bike, but it's still not worth more than a Galaxy of the same age and condition.
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Postby DavidT » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:34 pm

Hi Musherrob

I bought a Raleigh Royal in 1992 with exactly the same Biopace gearing - Exage. I think Biopace only had a limited appearance (I wonder why?) so this might help place the age?
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Postby musherrob » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:12 pm

Thanks folks for the info..When i had my Galaxy 6 year ago(then 10 year old)it came with the original reciept..simple eh!!.But a friend of mine bought a bike with Shimano Deore equip on it and he picked up a web-site giving an equipment range with years of products that were "in vogue"but as luck would have it he can,t remember... I need to be within 2 years to give an honest answer should i decide to sell it.Anyways need the funds to refurb an Harry Hall so maybe the Galaxy will go as well.But in all fairness the Touristique is a sweet running machine and a lightweight and if you,re into that a looker to boot.It looks a classic tourer.Thanks again all.
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Postby diapason » Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:16 pm

What's the frame size (of the Galaxy as well)?

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Postby pete75 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:24 pm

chris667 wrote:
pete75 wrote:I know from experience tthat they're a better machine than a Galaxy.

I'm sure it's a perfectly nice bike, but it's still not worth more than a Galaxy of the same age and condition.


Oh it's certainly worth more. Whether it would sell for more is a differant matter entirely.
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Postby musherrob » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:30 pm

diapason wrote:What's the frame size (of the Galaxy as well)?

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Ok the Tourisique frame is 21"(measured from centre b/b to top of seat tube and the Galaxy is 22.5"same measurement
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Postby diapason » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:31 pm

Pity - both too big :? I need an 18" :oops:

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