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Old 08-16-12, 10:55 AM   #1
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****Just some boring Vintage Track Bike Content....... :) ****

I aquired this frame a little while ago and just left it in a corner and didn't bother with it for a while cause i had so many other projects to deal with.

It is a Reynolds 531 track frame built by Tom Bromwich in the city of Coventry in england. When i did my research i couldn't find a whole lot. I found out that he used to to build road bikes and mountain bikes. mainly out of reynolds tubing. They say all of his bikes were of high quality and built very well.

When inspecting the frame, i've noticed that it has very nice detail. The logo's and campy stickers are gorgeous. It also has a grease port in the BB shell. I'm guessing the frame is around the mid to early seventies?

Anyways if you guys have any input on this frame or own one please post a pic.

Here's the pics, enjoy (By the way, some of the pics came out way bigger then expected, i was too lazy to resize for now. So just zoom out, PRESS CTRL on your keyboard and simultaneously use the scroll wheel on your mouse to zoom out, do the reverse to zoom in):

















Here's a funny pic of his Mtn bikes:

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Old 08-16-12, 11:04 AM   #2
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I LOVE the color scheme and headbadge - that's a looker. Also really liking the wrap seatstays. I'm not a track guy so have nothing useful to contribute, but that's going to look awesome no matter what you do.
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Old 08-16-12, 11:12 AM   #3
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Remarkably similar to a Mercian, built just up the road from Coventry in Derby.
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Nice bike, red ones are faster!
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I thought BB grease ports pretty much disappeared by the mid- to late-1960s, so it may be older than the late 1970s. I could be wrong on that, though. Regardless, it is a beautiful frame and time machine.

But here's a thought. All the hipsters are taking nice road frames and turning them into fixies. Howzabout taking this and turing it into a roadie, just for gits and shiggles? Use a claw to hang the rear derailleur, drill it for brakes and spread the rear triangle, and you're off. It would likely be crazy stiff, but you could be the ultimate hipster - a parallel universe anti-matter reverse hipster. Yes, I'm kidding.
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I thought BB grease ports pretty much disappeared by the mid- to late-1960s, so it may be older than the late 1970s. I could be wrong on that, though. Regardless, it is a beautiful frame and time machine.

But here's a thought. All the hipsters are taking nice road frames and turning them into fixies. Howzabout taking this and turing it into a roadie, just for gits and shiggles? Use a claw to hang the rear derailleur, drill it for brakes and spread the rear triangle, and you're off. It would likely be crazy stiff, but you could be the ultimate hipster - a parallel universe anti-matter reverse hipster. Yes, I'm kidding.
There are so many cheep off the shelf fixed gears that it has become pretty lame to ride a conversion. Most now will only use it if it has horizontal rearward facing drop-outs. I mean wallmart sells a fixed gear, Fixed gears are over.
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Man, that certainly screams ENGLISH!

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Ouch! My 74 Paramount track was like that when I found it. Some fool had crudely brazed on part of a Suntour claw to mount a derailler and drilled holes for brakes. Cost me dearly to get those fixed and the rear dropouts rechromed then the whole thing repainted. Don't even think about it!

However, I do want to put some track dropouts on some old, unsuspecting road frame to build a path bike.
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Really cool frame. I dig the bands on the seat tube. I look forward to seeing it built up.
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Nice, she's going to be a beauty.
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Really nice frame. what are your build plans? SS fixed or you could use SA's 3spd fixed hub or kickback, lots of opportunities!

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Walmart also sell washers and dryers...are clean cloths over too? Apparently also over is: food, clothing, cell phones, televisions, game systems, house wares, hardware, pet supplies, gardening, car care.........
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If you decide to make it a single speed instead of a fixed gear bike, Ben's Cycles makes a bolt on Keirin brake that works great! I have one on my Pogliaghi and my Pinarello track bikes, the best part is you won't have to drill your front fork for a brake.
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I do like the frame a lot, unfortunately this will be up for sale. I don't have a need for a track frame right now. It had a mint condition Campagnolo pista crankset on it and a Steel Cinelli mod a or b stem and bar on it. but they're both sold. I'm trying to figure out a price for this frame at the moment.

If you guys think this is nice, you should see what other bikes i'm hiding right now there's a couple more that are way better than this one.
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Old 08-17-12, 12:47 AM   #13
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If you guys think this is nice, you should see what other bikes i'm hiding right now there's a couple more that are way better than this one.
Toronto seems like it has a slew of vintage diamonds with a nice cycling scene to boot!
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Some information for all vintage Track bike lovers: German "Klassikerausfahrt" & "Ricci-Sports" invite to their second open track-day @ Sportforum Kaarst-Büttgen on 20.01.2013. Doors open at 11:00 and the first 60-90 minutes will be reserved for track-newbies. Classic steel & modern material welcome, plenty of track bikes available for rent. Please check our website for further information:
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Can you tell me whether it has round fork tubes or not? It looks like it, but just wanted to make sure.
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I mean wallmart sells a fixed gear, Fixed gears are over.
Walmart actually sells two fixed gear models. Must be one of them apocalypse warning signs Nostradamus missed.

(Edit: I just checked, and they're up to at least five , including one with what appears to be moustache bars. Looks like GP has been co-opted big time. Where are the fire breathing lizards and plauge of frogs? )


OP, that's a looker of a bike and a beautiful find. Build it up and ride it. Preferably before said apocalypse.
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... Where are the fire breathing lizards and plague of frogs? ....
I asked for them at Walmart and they told me to check at the courtesy counter.
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I do like the frame a lot, unfortunately this will be up for sale. I don't have a need for a track frame right now. It had a mint condition Campagnolo pista crankset on it and a Steel Cinelli mod a or b stem and bar on it. but they're both sold. I'm trying to figure out a price for this frame at the moment.

If you guys think this is nice, you should see what other bikes i'm hiding right now there's a couple more that are way better than this one.
You are holding out on us? If such a thing exists, we must have pics!!!!!
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Is this the bike that had the FB hubs on it? Between the 531 decal and the oil port, I'm thinking early 60's at the latest.

With something like this, it is easier to do your research --or, as the case may be, to let us do your research for you-- based on a complete bike rather than the individual fragments.
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Go find a NICE WALL and HANG IT !
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