Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by Dirk, 15 Apr 2017.
All the parts now present and correct. Should have the finished product within a few days.
We used to call them track bikes .
Mine was an old Raleigh with SA 3 speed ,
stripped of everything not necessary plus cowhorns
I remember someone at school bought a new one from Peasons that looked similar.
I had a lot of bike envy in those days.
Perhaps that’s why I needed 3 van loads for my bikes in the recent move
I've got that exact toolkit.
Except that I've broken or lost most of it, none of the tools are in the case and when I want to find something I have to crawl around on the floor of my (totally stuffed full) shed with a torch.
Just waiting for temperatures in positive figures before bolting it all together.
I didn't realise he was still around.
It's certainly a similar colour to the one I built.
I think part of the reason for these tracker bikes was that at the time Speedway was very popular as someone mentioned. In fact I believe it was the second most popular spectator sport after football. How things change.
If you base your build on a 26 x 1 3/8" wheeled frame you can fit decent quality wheels and tyres from Archive Wilkinson Cycle Speedway http://archie-wilkinson.co.uk
That's sort of missing the point of a 'Tracker' bike.
The whole ethos was based around any old stuff you could find, scrounge or nick.
Absolutely. The hack bikes that were built when I was a youngster were largely scrounged. You might pay a token sum for a donor bike/frame, but you didn't build it up using parts bought new from a bike shop!. What you did is asked around, searched derelict lock-up garages, sheds, waste land, rubbish skips etc, and salvaged anything remotely bike-shaped you encountered. The end result was very much a matter of how lucky/cunning/determined you were, not how much money you spent.
Still witing for the temperature in the workshop to reach positive figures celsius, then I'll finish my tracker and spa up a pic.
Great, I'm looking forward to this. And the cheaper you managed to do it using salvaged bits, the better.
That's a very good point - and exceedingly well made.
Apart from buying the bars and brake levers, everything else is from my Box O' ****te.
We shoulda made this a 'build off'.
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