Saturday, October 25, 2014

For Sale: Bob jackson road frame and fork 60CM

     This is a bike we obtained over the summer. It was complete and quite dirty. I took it apart and cleaned it up a bit. it is built with Reynolds 531 tubing I assume, there is no decal to tell me, but it feels like a 531 frame. There are no eyelets for fenders on the drop-outs (Campagnolo). I estimate its production to be in the 1970's. It has a lot of scratches in the paint and it is a bit sun faded in areas, but the decals (original) are all intact. The measurements are as follows:
  • 60 CM CTC seat tube
  • 57CM CTC top tube
  • 32 1/2" stand over (without head set or air in tires)
  • 120mm rear spacing.
  • 100mm front spacing.
  • requires 27.2 seat post
  • 26.4 fork crown race
  • English BB threading 1.370 X 24 TPI
     The frame details are mid level production. The head lugs are nicely filed and contoured, the BB shell has long  tangs on the seat tube and down tube. Also the fork has long tangs. The crown is semi sloping with slotted shoulders. Very nice.  Full wrapping seat stays on the seat cluster are a bit chunky, but still nice. White lug lining. it has water bottle bosses and a braze on for the rear derailleur housing stop. There are a couple number sequences stamped on the BB shell. they are: 8238, 145,250 I do not know how to decipher these numbers and there is very little info on their serial system. The frame and fork are in alignment. This will make a great restoration candidate or build as a winter time training bike.
     Cost is $350.00. please email with any questions at: shipping and handling to be calculated depending on location. local pick up is fine as well.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Re-post from a friend. Clever.

Curtis's set up in at Memory Lane swap in Ohio

Our friend and fellow bike collector Biz sent me these two photos of Curtis's set up out in Ohio at the Memory Lane swap happening now. Wishing I was there instead of stuck in front of the computer. Thanks Biz!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


So we have a lot of Campagnolo "Paramount drilled " pista  hubs around here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Colnago scale model

We have a lot of projects here at the shop. I just found another one. Colnago scale model. Cool!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Awesome customer's bike: 1975 Team Raleigh Track

     We have been getting to work on some awesome bikes here at the shop recently. This one takes the cake. A friend and customer of ours recently purchased this 1975 Team Raleigh pista frame and fork. He brought it to us for the rest of the build. I was able to obtain the necessary parts at a couple of recent swap meets. It is built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record pista cranks and bottom bracket, low flange Campagnolo pista hubs laced to Mavic Module E 700C clincher rims. Brooks pro saddle and Campagnolo Nuovo Record seat post. The frame and fork came with the Campagnolo Nuovo Record head set. It also sports an alloy Cinelli 1A stem and Cinelli Criterium bars. MKS black cage "con denti" pedals with Christophe toe clips and white leather toe straps.
     These are some of my favorite pista bikes. I always loved the fork crown and the drilled rear drop outs. Great color scheme as well. The head lugs are nicely filed with long thin points and the BB shell has the nice long reinforcing tangs. I believe this is built with Reynolds 531 tubing as 753 was not available untill 76' and it takes a 27.2 seat post and most older 753 tube sets used 27.4. Plus it feels heavy like a 531 built frame. Overall great machine and great owner. Happy to help out!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Another unique bike we recently worked on

     This bike was recently brought in for an overhaul. It is an unknown Czechoslovakian make, the headbadge is difficult to make out. It has a cool Velamos rear coaster hub. Made in Czechoslovakia. It reminds me a lot of the Komet coaster hubs. It also has a cool German plunger front brake that is attached to the fork crown and goes through a hole drilled in the front fender to the wheel. When you squeeze the lever,  the plunger presses down on top of the tire to provide braking power. These were common (ish) in Eastern European countries from the 1930's - 1950's. Previously they were found on high wheelers in the late 1800's and called the spoon brake. These are hard on tires and wear them out quickly. Their power also is dependent on how round the wheel is. But luckily the rear coaster brake does most of the work. It also has a nice rear fender reflector with an alloy housing. unfortunately, the reflector is cracked. The rims and frame sport nice blue and gold pinstriping which looks original to the bike. The chain guard is also nice in that it wraps most of the way around the chain ring and is quite dainty. Difficult to tell from the photos. The owner found the bike in a basement and plans to pass it on to his lady. I hope she likes it! We enjoyed servicing it!