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Triumph Rodeo and 'Tracker' Bikes

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by Dirk, 15 Apr 2017.

  1. Illaveago

    Illaveago Veteran

    Did the Triumph Rodeo come in a bright turquoise metallic with 3 speed Sturmey Archer twist grip changer in 63/64. If so it was a cycle that I really fancied but was put off by my older brother.
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  2. OP

    Dirk Veteran

    We were allowed to wear long trousers from the 3rd year at my grammar school.
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  3. OP

    Dirk Veteran

    I think they did them in metallic red and metallic blue.
    Mine was British Racing Green, painted with a shitey stick.
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  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I now have:

    Period 1970's manly handlebar grips.

    Period 1970's chrome brake levers.

    New cable inners.

    Shorty mudguards.

    Period 1970's rubber block pedals, as used in Devon for building sea defences.

    The knobbliest tyres I could find in 27 x 1 1/4. This actually isn't very knobbly at all, but no one makes cyclo cross tyres in that size any more.

    And the cow horn handlebars have this morning been ordered. The build will begin next week.
  5. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Couldn't wait, so did some work today.

    Stubby guards and centre pulls. In the enlightened 21st Century we know that centrepulls were crap, but a man with centrepulls in the mid 70's is a man to be reckoned with. He'll be a sophisticated sort who wears Denim aftershave, and wears his shirts unbuttoned to the navel.


    Period pedals. Great, until there's a spot of drizzle, at which point we all fell off and died.


    An a concession to modernity, a modernish Sora mech from my Box O' S***e. I have an early Eighties Shimano light action mech that would look right saucy on there, but there's something wrong with it.


    Just waiting for the bars to arrive so I can finish.

    Edit - yes, I know the cable isn't seated properly in the stop. Already taken care of ;)
    Last edited: 21 Feb 2018
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  6. nonowt

    nonowt Active Member

    We called these Scramblers in West Yorks. They were pretty much the standard ride for most kids until the glamour of BMX hit in about '82(?). As young kids we lusted after Raleigh Choppers, Bombers and Grifters but happily made do with scramblers. They were built up from swapped and salvaged bits, often badly hand painted/sprayed and dangerous as hell! I remember kids running a 26" wheel at the back and a 20" at the front, with monkey hanger handlebars in a poor attempt to make their own choppers. One kid went so far as to attach a whiplash aerial to back of his seat tube and stick a Davy Crocket furry tail on the end.

    Those cow horns could be interesting when racing around the woods through the narrow gaps between the trees!

    When BMX came in this kind of post-WWII make do and mend attitude disappeared pretty quickly and it became all about the brands...
  7. Drago

    Drago Guru

    I was always deeply envious of an older lad who trimmed the cow horns on his tracker with fake leopard fur. A 14 year old with powers like that is probably a porn star by now. Lucky gut.
  8. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    S W France
    Can't beat an ageing porn star :whistle:
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  9. You should trim yours in snakeskin, just for variation/badass attitude projection.
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  10. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    I think you’d have to go some to beat this one.

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  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

    While I wait for my handlebars to arrive, here are a few more examples of the genre:

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    The top one has straight cycle speedway forks, so the owner was probably a real lothario BITD.
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  12. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    So @Drago the seat has to be low to accommodate juvenile legs or so you get your feet on the floor easily?
    That last one could actually be a Rodeo.
  13. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Well spotted matey. Could well be, has the Triumph chainset, and the frame looks about right.
  14. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

    S W France
    I dunno about that l recon when DT gets done with being President of the good old USofA he could do the job :smile:
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