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Old 10-02-09, 03:12 PM   #1
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Vintage 50's BSA Track bike?

My beautiful Track bike (see picts)
First, I wondered if anyone could help me with a few questions:
1. Brand: The original owner thought it was a BSA, and I've seen other bikes like it who's owners said were BSAs with similar lug work. However, there are no markings whatsoever, including the dropouts or BB, and the only thing I can tie this thing to England is the Walton and Brown ltd headset. Anyone?
2. Age: The original owner thought early 50s, but the brooks seat is stamped with a 64. I know this doesn't mean a whole lot, seats change, but the campy pista crank is the skip tooth, which I know was around from at least the late 50's to the late 60's.
3. Lastly, the fork has a 90mm span and I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on where I could find a front wheel that would fit?
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Old 10-02-09, 03:17 PM   #2
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It is beautiful...
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shucks thats nice. no idea what it is tho, sorry.
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Old 10-02-09, 07:41 PM   #4
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I think 90mm is an old Raleigh standard but you can check the stats at Sheldon Brown's site. My computer is gonna crash soon so I'm not gonna try to look it up right now. I'm saving those last precious gigabites to download your pictures.
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Old 10-03-09, 06:43 AM   #5
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I bet you could respace pretty much any modern 100 front track hub.

If you ever want to sell that inch pitch chainring/chain/cog let me know =)
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Lucky for you, I remembered that lug work from a recent late night Classic Rendezvous session.

I'm pretty sure it's a Pop Brennan made in Newark, NJ. Pre WW2. I could be wrong though, I have been before.

http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Brennan_main.htm




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Thats an amazing bike. If its a Pop Brennan you have a masterpiece. Even if its not its something special. I dont think you can date it from the parts. The frame looks older than the parts on it. Although you have a premier parts group to go along with a premier frame. Hold on to it, dont ride it to hard, and preserve it.

Can you prop up the frame/fork so we can get an idea of frame angles? That could help date it.
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I'm pretty sure it's a Pop Brennan made in Newark, NJ. Pre WW2. I could be wrong though, I have been before.
I'm not sure about that. The headtube cutouts on the OP's example are far smaller.

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...oh yeah I see that now. Still though, it's a very similar style at least.
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Thanks for all your responses. Here are a few more photos that may help. It does have a strong similarity to the pop brennan, but the detailing seems to be somewhat less concerted. You can see the top fillet has a little asymmetry, and with visible file marks at the brazing surface. What astounds me is how light the bike is - with wheels, only 19 lbs!
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