Dating a gazelle bicycle
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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.
Amongst them, Gazelle is the most important one and they produce 117 of these bicycles. Like for many other Dutch companies, the war is a difficult period for Gazelle.1892: Willem Klling, working as a post office agent in the Dutch village of Dieren, resigns and starts a bicycle trade by ordering one bike in England. Klling starts a co-operation with the hardware and stove retailer Rudolf Arentzen from Dieren.1912: With a big expansion of their original premises, and with the modern, specialised machinery, their own production plans can be fully realised.They specialise in the fabrication of complete bicycles.They seem to reflect only the number of machines produced whilst each letter was in use. (Info from the Nottinghamshire Archives) A new numbering system was introduced in 1955, though this ran concurrently with the old one for two years. Reynolds 531) frames, and involved the placing of a character at the beginning of the serial number.The new system involved a second running letter, added to the first, which began at the start of the alphabet. The character began at the start of the alphabet, and indicated year of manufacture.Meanwhile Gazelle's wholesales activity becomes increasingly important.
In the next twenty-five years the company grows steadily.
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.
Today, Gazelle is still the figurehead of the Dutch bicycle industry.
Gazelle bicycles have been built in large numbers and are known to be very sound and comfortable - the Mercedes Benz of the Dutch bicycle brands. There is a list of frame numbers for the period 1916 - 1950, derived from the Gazelle files.
Conveniently, they also usually have the month and the last two digits of the year of manufacture stamped onto the shell.