I think you nailed it. About a 1976-77 Ilkeston frame in 531 that's probably been re-painted. I've no idea what the H142 means either. It looks like the same lugs, drop-outs and fork crown used on the 753 bikes but with that 27.2 seat post it's got to be 531. Perhaps all this makes it a "special" bike and John should now raise his price. ;-)
George Allen Lexington, KY USA
P.C. Kohler wrote:
>All of the build details except for the lack of seat stay caps and no
>gear lever braze ons jibe with the description (posted on Wool Jersey)
>in a Dec 1977 article on the Iikeston 753 machines. No doubting it's a
>SB bike, "56" is the frame size and I am not sure what H142 means but it
>may be a special order. Actual team bikes had a similar code specific to
>the rider they were made for. SB 1016 would mean she's about a 1976-77
>so that fits, too. I suspect she's not 753 but 531 judging from the seat
>pin size and lack of caps on the seat stays.
>You might wish to bring this machine to the attention of the 160-odd
>Ilkestonisti belonging to my Yahoo Group on Raleigh Team Pros....
>Washington DC USA
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