Dating a gazelle bicycle
It appears that Raleigh recycled many of the older serial numbers in later years, so there are lots of bikes from the 60s and 70s that have serial numbers that would suggest much greater age.Almost all English 3-speeds have Sturmey-Archer rear hubs.In addition to the Gazelle branded drum-brake front hub, which is still in production today, Gazelle also builds a three-speed rear hub without and (in most cases) with drum brake in the sixties.After having built some 45.000 - 50.000 units, the production is ceased by the end of the sixties because of the high costs.1987: TI sells its bicycle division to Derby Cycles Corp.Gazelle worked with straight-forward frame numbers until 1974, when some 3,2 million units were made.You can find a formula for calculating the age of a Gazelle bicycle made between 1950 - 1974 by clicking here.Most of the plant equipment is being dismounted by the German occupying forces and transported to Germany.
20 % of the total production is exported to Belgium and the neighbouring regions of Germany.2001: Derby Cycles Corporation sells Gazelle to the Dutch investment funds 'Gilde Buy Out Fund'.
Gazelle does very well, but Derby is in big financial troubles.
The annual production is about 380.000 units, while Gazelle's market share amounts to some thirty percent.
Between 19, Gazelle used coded frame numbers starting with two letters (the first one is the letter "G") and followed by up to six digits.
The first digit refers to the last digit of the year of construction.Meanwhile Gazelle's wholesales activity becomes increasingly important.