This might be boring to include so much, but I thought I'd share this experience. Also, I'm curious what you might do in my situation. Like if you had to pick an option from 1-6. This is a blast - and the responses from the shops have been very informative. I've been saving for ages and springing out with my cash - I didn't know it would be so hard to spend my hard earned savings. But buying is so fun. I've been a unlucky being so small (5'7"/135lbs) , but it's coming together - only had to wait a bit. I was riding a Nishiki fixed this past year - but the wheels got pinched - so I sold the frame and started working on this dream bike. Saved up - and then:
1. Hello, I'd like to order the 49cm DeBernardi Thron Track Frame and
Fork. Is it best to fax in the order? thank you!
Hi, They will be available in 2 weeks. please call in your order, so you can reserve one.. This date is from receipt of your order....
2. Hello, Do you have a 49cm or 50cm DeBernardi Thron Track in stock?
Thank you for your help!
Sir,Those take 5-7 days to ship.
3. Do you have a 49cm lugged steel track frame in stock?
Debernardi perhaps? thank you for you help.
Debernardi 47 today, 49 available
Soma 49 - not lugged 631 Reynolds $379/$500 with fork
lots of 52-3-4 today.
Let me say that in our end of the business it's normal to
wait a few days for a frame. At KMart, bicycles come in
two flavors, boys' and girls'. You roll one out.
Lesser main brands like Schwinn and Trek go
Pro frames come in 12 or 14 sizes so even a well supplied
shop like us, with a dozen track frames and as many built
single gear bikes on any given day, won't have every size
in every model. We simply cannot. So we rely on our
suppliers for quick service.
3b. Hello, Thank you so much for the info. I'm in no hurry and I will be putting together a completely new ride. I'm starting with the frame. Its been difficult finding a lugged steel track frame in this size. Thank you so much for your help. Do keep me informed!
Nagasawa makes so very few frames it could be a long while.
I have a customer with 'dibs' on the first available 49. She's waiting since December.
So if you are in no hurry, OK. If you want to discus other frames that's fine too.
5. Hello, I'm looking for a 49cm/50cm lugged steel track frame for
around $600. Do you have something like this in stock? thank you for your help,
Not right now, that's a tough size to find. i can get brand new surly or bare knuckle frame sets in that size. surly's are $390 new frame/fork. bare knuckle are italian made and $550 frameset.
4. Hello, Do you have a Blue Benotto Track Frame ($499) size 49cm or 51cm in stock at this price? I'm looking for a small lugged steel italian track frame in this price range.
Thanks for the email. Sorry to say Benotto quit making those recently and the one US distributor just ran out of his scratch and dent ones. They were made in Mexico. So I have been offering a tig welded frame only for the same price. I can quote a fork too. I can do a lugged frame only for $600 with our standard lugs and english BB.
6. Hello, I'm looking for a 49cm/50cm lugged steel track frame for around $600. Do you have something like this in stock? thank you for your help,
We have Cinelli Olympic steel track frames that are lugged for $976
We sell Tig welded italian frames called barenknuckle for $650 and Tig
welded Soma frames for $450. Lugged frames are rare these days and the only ones we sell are $975 and up