Trying to identify a track frame

robertemjames

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Location
Lewisham, London
I have an old (70's or 80's) steel track frame which I bought around 15 years ago which had no markings to speak of but looked interesting. The more I have thought about it the more I believe it to be of better quality than I first thought. For starters it has Campagnolo front dropouts and frame and forks have matching short numbers. Its detailing suggests a good quality and thoughtful build with long spearpoint lugs, semi-wrapover seat stays and twin plate fork crown. Can anyone shed any light on its likely maker. Frame number is 7380. Ignore the Reynolds stickers as they were added when I had it painted.
 

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avecReynolds531

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Location
East Kent coast
Unable to help with identification, sorry, but it looks like a quality frame. Those seat stay tops and the fork crown are lovely.

Welcome to the forum.
 

oldtel

Active Member
Location
Herts
Hi Robert, that is a quality frame, but dating it and finding an identity is not going to be straight forward, so I just give some initial thoughts that may help. The fork crown I believe looks like it should be late 50's early 60's, the clearances and lugs point to 60's, so the serial number appears not to have a date code in it. All this may or may not help, I'll have a deeper look over the weekend. Thanks Terry
 

rogerzilla

Legendary Member
I'd say it's late 60s. Very similar to my Harry Quinn 1969 frame but the frame number is wrong for a HQ. It's a very nice frameset. Probably built for road and track use since the front tyre clearance is quite generous. A 22mm tub almost touches the crown on mine!

Incidentally, the plate track ends are what you need for old Campag Record track hubs. Modern cast ends don't allow you to get the track nuts on securely because these hubs have fairly short axles.
 
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robertemjames

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Location
Lewisham, London
Nothing on Classic Lightweights has the large plate rear dropouts. The little spearpoint on the dual plate fork crown doesn't appear elsewhere either. I feel the frame number 7380 might indicate 80th build in 1973, in line with some opinions which in turn suggests small numbers produced.
 
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robertemjames

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Location
Lewisham, London
Correction: frame number is 7360 and seat post is 26.8mm. Geoffrey Butler anyone?
 
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