Emperor Sport

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by Steve-W, 14 Sep 2018.

  1. Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Hi all, I hope this is the right place to put this post.
    I have just acquired and Emperor Sport from a friend, he said it was built for him by Mick Coward in 1998, although from what I have read I think think Mick wasn't building bikes full time by then, so the frame may be earlier.
    The original owner is a guy called Ian Bedford who used to compete locally (Surrey) in Road Racing and Time Trials. The build includes Campagnolo Athena Headset, Campag' Scirroco Wheelset , Volece groupset. Ian said he is sure it was an 853 frame (not sure about the forks) . (Reynolds 853 first relased in 1995)
    Its been used as a winter bike for some years and is in need of some TLC but its all pretty good under the grime. (Not even had time to clean it yet) The frame number is Emp.712
    Can anyone tell me if there are any build records available for Emperor Sports?
    (Photos of the bike are as I obtained it.)
    Any help would be most welcome.
     

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  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

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    On 3 Wheels
    Nice :becool:

    Not a Scooby about your question though :rolleyes:
     
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  3. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    @Steve-W thats a nice looking machine for sure
     
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  4. OP
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    Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Thanks should look better after a bit of tlc and an upgrade or two.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Many thanks ☺
     
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  6. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Very nice :smile:. I think back in the 70's frame builders bought a job lot of paint and used it for years.... Geoffrey Butler invested in white paint and Emperor Sport dark red metallic lol
     
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  7. OP
    OP
    Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Lol I think your provably right about buying job lots.....if anyone has found a match for Emperor metallic red I'd love to know.
     
  8. midlife

    midlife Veteran

    Way back in the 70's we would have called it carmine. Best bet is the nail varnish counter in Super drug / Boots.
     
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  9. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

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    Accra, Ghana
    Carmine and cream was the colour of BR mk1 coaches around that time. Otherwise known as blood and custard.

    BR_MK1_SO.jpg
     
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  10. DCBassman

    DCBassman Über Member

    Location:
    Tavistock
    Mmmm, vintage trains, mmmmm...
    :biggrin:
     
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  11. OP
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    Steve-W

    Steve-W Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Good idea.... although they might not appreciate me bringing the bike in to match it lol
     
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