I'm a first time poster here att Bike Forums, and I thought I'd see if you guys could help me out on this one.
I got a track frame off eBay a couple off months ago. After some initial struggle with fitting a french threaded bottom bracket, the project is starting to come along. However, I'm curious to know more about this frame! The seller told me he got it during a trip to Argentina. Apparently, it had been sitting in the back of a bike shop for some twenty years or so and never been ridden. And judging from the fact that the paint on the fork ends is intact, this seems correct even though the overall appearance of the frame is a bit scuffy (no dents or signs of rust though).
As I hope you can see from the blurry pictures, it's a lugged steel frame, quality of tubing is unknown. The decals say "Master", and bear a striking resemblance to those of the "F.Moser" brand. There is also the word "Telaio" (which I believe means "frame") and "Made in Argentina". Fork ends are stamped "MIRAGE DIVISION 1". Included was also a Savoretti brand bottom bracket, likewise marked "Made in Argentina". Nothing stamped underneath the bottom bracket shell. Fork is drilled for a front brake, but that's it. The color is a Bianchi-like "Celeste".
This was obviously an entry-level frame back in the 80's, but I really like it and I'm curious to find out more. Despite many hours spent on Fixedgeargalley, Velospace etc, I've never come across anything quite like it. This could hardly be the only one, could it? (Well if it were, that would be pretty cool, but I don't believe it) So, does any one here have any additional info? I would be most grateful. I might post this in the Classic & Vintage section as well if that's all right.
Erik Waldner, Sweden