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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 07-20-10, 07:27 AM   #1
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So Nice to Have a Track Bike Again

I mean a real track bike. The last one I had was stolen in 1989. It was a lovely Panasonic I still miss her till this day sniff sniff. I've been riding conversions of one kind or another but not living near a track any more never saw the need for one. But then I got the itch and I am glad I saw this O'Brien frame pop up for sale on another forum. Steel lugged beauty from about '92. I've always loved the twitchy ride of tight track geometry on the road. Just thought I'd share some bad quality foto's.









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Hmm, I like. Very nice. Now, finish that basement before they film the next SAW in there.
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Old 07-20-10, 07:44 AM   #3
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By the way, I've always been curious about the whole "screw holding the seatstays together" thing. I've seen it before of course but just never understood the idea behind it. Any clues?
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By the way, I've always been curious about the whole "screw holding the seatstays together" thing. I've seen it before of course but just never understood the idea behind it. Any clues?
It's the seatpost clamp. And it's beautiful!
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beautiful.
what bars?
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I can't remember the model of the bars but they are Nitto alloy bullhorns I got from businesscycles many years ago. The rest of the parts I got from a local shop, Keiren Culture, and it's really nice stuff called Kazane. Actually the wheels with Kazane hubs were won in an alley cat race a few years back by a friend of mine who sold them to me for a song

The seat post binder style I believe is known as a 'fast back' and it really is cool to look at.
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They look like Nitto RB 009 but i'm not sure. I really wanted a pair except all i can find are 42cm and they're too wide for me.

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Hmm, I like. Very nice. Now, finish that basement before they film the next SAW in there.
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Old 07-20-10, 10:47 AM   #9
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It's the seatpost clamp. And it's beautiful!
Ahhhh, of course. You are correct - absolutely beautiful.
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Oh yea, to bust your stones a little - let's clean up that touch of rust on the seatstay near the fork ends.
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Old 07-20-10, 12:16 PM   #11
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It's actually not rusted. It's the top coat chipped off showing the base coat primer I think. Need to find some touch up fingernail paint or something.

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yeah, that's 'slag' it's not rust but it is dirty metal. wire brush and then fingernail polish would be nice.

also... beatiful bike. i love my kazane cranks and i would get a lot of their stuff if i wanted to make a bike with good quality parts that weren't njs or super high grade like phil or whatever.
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wow i really like the color of the frame. Do you have any idea what color that would be on the RAL chart? I'm thinking it's RAl 4012, pearl blackberry but I'm not sure.
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is that a surly cog by any chance?
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wow i really like the color of the frame. Do you have any idea what color that would be on the RAL chart? I'm thinking it's RAl 4012, pearl blackberry but I'm not sure.
heh. still haven't figure out the color for ur bike?
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Old 07-20-10, 05:20 PM   #16
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haha not exactly man, but I'm close to narrowing it down
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I like her!!!!

How does she ride overall?
Very mean and classy setup.
Kinda like a runway model with a black eye and a perfect pair!!!!

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I'm actually quite impressed how this bike rides. I ride tubulars for the most part but these clinchers on this bike rides amazingly well. The frame soaks up road buzz and it's snappy when I get out of the saddle. I took it to a local frame builder who said it looked like the fork was made from chain stay tubing. It's a really beefy fork.

I am not really sure what cog it is actually, it may be a Kazane cog. And as for color I have no idea but the images are pretty close to the real color at least on my monitor.

And,,, hahahha I like your description Socks
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Pretty frame! The bullhorns look tight but are probably impractical with that sharp angle forward.
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nice! Keirin Culture rules.
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By the way, I've always been curious about the whole "screw holding the seatstays together" thing. I've seen it before of course but just never understood the idea behind it. Any clues?
It's just the seat post binder. Been around for a long time. Here's my 1979 TS Isaac:
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Pretty frame! The bullhorns look tight but are probably impractical with that sharp angle forward.
Just the way I like them
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It's just the seat post binder. Been around for a long time. Here's my 1979 TS Isaac:
Yea, now that I know I see it a mile away. That's a very nice touch. Clean. I wonder why it's not more popular.
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Another example of a fastback design with integrated seat binder bolt on my 1983 Mark Nobilette custom road frameset. Paint by Cyclart.
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Another example of a fastback design with integrated seat binder bolt on my 1983 Mark Nobilette custom road frameset. Paint by Cyclart.
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Yes, that's the look I've seen. I never bothered to ask but was always curious.
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