Triumph Rodeo and 'Tracker' Bikes

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

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  1. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    All the parts now present and correct. Should have the finished product within a few days.
     
  2. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

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    West Wales
    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
     
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  3. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

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    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.
     
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  4. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Just waiting for temperatures in positive figures before bolting it all together.
     
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  5. dave r

    dave r The Little Diesel

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    Holbrooks Coventry
    I didn't realise he was still around.
     
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    Dirk

    Dirk Guru

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    It's certainly a similar colour to the one I built.
     
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  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

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    Accra, Ghana
    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.
     
  8. 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
     
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    Dirk

    Dirk Guru

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    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.
     
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  10. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Senior Member

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    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.
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Still witing for the temperature in the workshop to reach positive figures celsius, then I'll finish my tracker and spa up a pic.
     
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  12. SkipdiverJohn

    SkipdiverJohn Senior Member

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    Great, I'm looking forward to this. And the cheaper you managed to do it using salvaged bits, the better. :thumbsup:
     
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  13. That's a very good point - and exceedingly well made.
     
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  14. Drago

    Drago Guru

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    Apart from buying the bars and brake levers, everything else is from my Box O' ****te.
     
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  15. We shoulda made this a 'build off'.
     
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