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Old 01-23-08, 04:34 PM   #1
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Bob Mitchell Track Frame -- ANYONE HAVE INFO?

Hey guys, I just picked up a Bob Mitchell track frame on ebay and was looking for some insight as to who Bob Mitchell is and what he's all about. I cannot find ANYTHING except for a bike shop called Bob Mitchell cycles in the UK, which is where the frame came from. There are no links, only an international #. If you know of this framebuilder, let me know! Oh, and a pic for good measure.

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Old 01-23-08, 05:57 PM   #2
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No offense, but if you don't know anything about it, why are you about to pick it up?

If someone is willing to put their name on a frame, it's generally a sign that it's decent. If it's decent tubing and doesn't look completely destroyed, you should be happy with it.
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uh, how about he liked how it looked but didnt know anything about the maker/rider? no offense, jerkoff.
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uh, how about he liked how it looked but didnt know anything about the maker/rider? no offense, jerkoff.
it's called wallet tuning
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uh, how about he liked how it looked but didnt know anything about the maker/rider? no offense, jerkoff.
Can't polish a turd. I'd rather have an ugly ass bike that rode well than a great looking frame that rode like crap. I realize that kind of goes against everything this forum stands for, but feel free to call me a jerkoff again if it'll make you feel better about yourself.
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I can tell you that Corby, where Bob Mitchell cycles are based, is a pretty small town and I'm guessing that Bob Mitchell cycles didn't make the bike; they sponsor a small team of racers and I'd guess this frame is just painted in their colours.

If you don't feel like phoning they do have an address and you could write to them:

Bob Mitchell Cycles, 80-82 Rockingham Road, Corby Northamptonshire NN17 1AE

Bet they'd be pretty happy to tell you something about the frame.

The other option would be to pop a post on http://www.londonfgss.com or on http://www.bikeradar.com. The former is the london fixed gear forums but folks are there from all over the UK. The later is a website run by Britains largest bike magazine and will definitely have folks from Corby on it.

Worth a shot.
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No offense, but if you don't know anything about it, why are you about to pick it up?
Well I didnt know much about the last 2 frames i bought either. I certainly didnt ride them first. Sometimes on ebay you just take a chance because the price is unbelievable. On my spicer I found out I didnt like it and I ended up selling it to my LBS. Now MarqueeMoon is building it and talking about it here.
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I'll second the "built by someone else (probably an English builder) for the shops team" opinion.
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Yeah man, thanks for all the help guys, I'll definately call bob up soon. Oh, and I paid 300 for it, so like he said, you gotta have faith sometimes. I'm sure it will ride well, I've had keirin frames, bareknuckle, an iro, a gitane, and an old Andre bertin, all track. I didn't just get on ebay and foolishly buy some frame, I've been camping for a deal like this for a long time... Thanks again, I'll post pics when its built. I got some campy atlanta 96's laced to phils waiting for this bike. And I sourced a NOS shimano 600 stem (made by nitto in 83-84, the one with the hidden clamp bolt). period correct and so fresh.
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Haha I'm on my iPhone and realized everything I wrote was like 6 word sentences. Oh, and "wallet tuning"? Come on.
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Well I didnt know much about the last 2 frames i bought either. I certainly didnt ride them first. Sometimes on ebay you just take a chance because the price is unbelievable. On my spicer I found out I didnt like it and I ended up selling it to my LBS. Now MarqueeMoon is building it and talking about it here.
I hope you wiped your cooties off after you removed the decals.

Meh. I'm not expecting anything great - just something that fits a bit better I can throw my parts on.

I don't suppose you still have a 26.8 seatpost around...?
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"wallet tuning"? Come on.


It looks like a nice frame. If it is, enjoy it. If it's not I sure some other sucker will take it off your hands.
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well, it is a lugged columbus frame, presumably in his size...
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Lol i bought my iphone off the street for 130 bucks. So.... who knows where the **** it came from but I don't really care. Being able to monitor your ebay watched items on the go is really nice. Placing bids from the bus or coffee shop is nice also. Haha if you think i'm a wallet tuner, i guess I can live with that. I like lugged columbus steel frames. I also like phones that i can browse the web, listen to music, and talk on. Sorry. As far as me making an uninformed purchase, I have been working in the bicycle industry for years, and am currently working for a certain headset manufacturer you all know. I know my stuff, and any columbus lugged track frame is going to ride better then your moms Iro, pake, pista, etc. I am somewhat of a lurker around these parts (bikeforums) but all the information is great guys, thanks.

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Hey guys, I just picked up a Bob Mitchell track frame on ebay and was looking for some insight as to who Bob Mitchell is and what he's all about. I cannot find ANYTHING except for a bike shop called Bob Mitchell cycles in the UK, which is where the frame came from. There are no links, only an international #. If you know of this framebuilder, let me know! Oh, and a pic for good measure.

hi does your frame have a serial no under the bb asi built frames for bob for a few years
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