Hi, I am a long-time lurker and this is the first bike that I've bought that I feel would fit this forum. I don't know too much about it except what the man who sold it to me said. It is a Syd Mottram track frame made out of Reynolds 531 re-painted cherry red, that is all he knew. I've emailled him to see if he is the original owner or if he knows anything else about it, we shall see what he says.
Here is what I know----the lugs are Nervex and so is the BB. The seat-stay lug has a "73" punched into it and a smaller "07" to the top right of the "73", does this indicate a year?
The BB has a long number under the stamped "NERVEX" and that number beings with what looks like "59", could this be the year that the BB was made?
I have never heard of "maxy" cranks and I haven't really tinkered with the bike much but the chain-ring appears to be one piece, meaning I cannot change it out unless I track down a matching chain-ring, is that right? Luckily, the man who sold me it gave me a bag with about 20 track cogs in it of all sorts of different sizes, so I should be okay. Right now, it is set up 48X18 and it is fine.
The bike is very light and I believe him when he said that the tubes are 531 but the seat-post has a "27" stamped in it, I had always thought that the 531 series of tubes were 27.2, is that right?
The wheels are tubular and are quite light as well. The front is a red-label Fiamme rim on a Normany hub and the rear is a Milremo rim on a Airlite hub, a company I have never heard of. I think it says Airlite, I am not 100% sure of that but in front of the name is a stamped "HH" in a circle, if that means anything to anyone.
The stem is a Cinelli and the bars have no markings on them, the seat is a very comfy Milremo seat and I suppose it is a track seat as it is rather long and narrow. I've got a bunch of photos here, hopefully someone can tell me a little bit about this bike, I really like it and would like to track down some decals for it but I don't know where to start.