Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Track Cycling: Velodrome Racing and Training Area Looking to enter into the realm of track racing? Want to share your experiences and tactics for riding on a velodrome? The Track Cycling forums is for you! Come in and discuss training/racing, equipment, and current track cycling events.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-13-07, 10:21 AM   #1
Tunnelrat81
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Tunnelrat81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,365
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Found an interesting 80's track bike recently

Just this week I came upon an abandoned early/mid 80's Track bike that really got my attention. The bike includes an aluminum frame/ a front wheel/ Mavic bull horn/aero bars and a Turbo seat. The interesting part about the bike is that its front wheel is for a 24 in. tire size and the frame is built around it. I've since heard that this frame design was used for both TT and Track applications in the 80's but then (obviously) abandonded for more standard looking modern frames.

As I can tell, the only thing that the bike needs to be rideable is a a set of singlespeed crank arms w/ chainring, and a fixie rear wheel on a 125mm hub. A replacement sew-up would also be nice as the one on it is quite old (but holding air). I have no idea if sew-ups can even be found in that size anymore. If anybody here has a single speed set of cranks or a fixie rear wheel on a 125 hub let me know as I'm searching for used stuff before I resort to buying new.

Also, any further or interesting information on the history of these frames would be much appreciated. All I know about them is the little that I was able to learn from the LBS manager who used to ride them in the 80's. If anyone else has seen or owns something similar, I'd also like to hear about your experience, and whether or not the bike is a good ride when complete. Thanks so much.



-J

Last edited by Tunnelrat81; 01-13-07 at 11:44 AM.
Tunnelrat81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-07, 12:01 PM   #2
goggles
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 115
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tufo still makes this size. 24" wheels were banned in the 90's because the UCI wanted bikes to look more traditional-from what I've heard. Also, I think that they were said to give an aero advantage that was unfair to other countries (on an Olympic level?) that did not have budgets to afford more radical designs. The point is that you can't race this bike. They are fun to ride though.
goggles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-13-07, 12:56 PM   #3
steppinthefunk 
Designer
 
steppinthefunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,348
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here's an interesting Zinn track frame that was on Ebay recently... After less then a day of being listed the seller ended the auction early. Then it shows up again a few days later with a $500.00 buy it now price!... Seemed kinda sly on the part of "Veloseller"... But i guess thats how the market works...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Zinn-steel-track...QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Zinn-Pursuit-Tra...QQcmdZViewItem
__________________
steppinthefunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-07, 03:44 PM   #4
goodall
draw line at carbon forks
 
goodall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD6 w/ 105, Fuji Track Pro, Windsor Cliff 4900
Posts: 471
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The front wheel was smaller so that you could get closer to the person in front of you during a team time trial. You'll see them at the end of this 10 minute video from the 1990 World Championships. The video also has some sweet, now-illegal, trackstanding in the match sprint.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57KwHrnwNWY
goodall is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:52 PM.