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Old 10-15-12, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by rhm
I'm still waiting for some expert to step up and tell me whether this is, or isn't, really, a Witcomb.


The consensus seems to be that it is English, probably from the early 70's or so. Paint (and "Witcomb" decals) presumably not original, so we're left with... uh... well, it has the same serial number on both frame and fork: 1492.



Looks like the white bike above with redone graphics after it was re-painted...

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Old 10-15-12, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by thatracer05
Looks like the white bike above with redone graphics after it was re-painted...

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Yup, I cannot argue with that. But is it a Witcomb?
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Your best bet is to contact any of the following gents who apprenticed at Witcomb at one time or another: Richard Sachs, Peter Weigle, Chris Chance and Ben Serotta. I know RS and PW are still around but you'll have to do a search for the other two, and Google is your friend. This was my Witcomb track bike, sold earlier this year: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjzPEe3C
The craftsmanship is completely different than yours, but that ain't sayin much since they varied over the years, and I've seen a handful of Witcomb road and track that you'd never know were at all related to mine. The paint job is way to thick on yours and I think the consensus is that it's a respray. If you $$ and the inclination were there I'd repaint.
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Old 10-29-12, 06:17 PM
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ok - photos up of my restoration: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...6#post14893436
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Bikes: 1. Flying Scot - 2. Major Nichols - 3. Witcomb (Track Bike) 4. Allan, Yates, Steel, and the last one which was one of the best and an off the peg bike Kalkoff - dont laugh the frame was great.

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Scottish exile and track cyclist - I owned a witcomb track frame kept it for quite a few years - the average life span of a racing bike is around 2 to 3 years - this was ridden hard and won a few national medals for me. Never saw another track frame that I fancied - left the track racing after a road accident and sold the frame to a road man, who had vertical drop outs brazed in - instead of the straight end - For a road bike with steep forks and almost nil clearance at the back, it looked the business and suited the road sprinter that bought it - not much clearance for toes going round corners though. Fond memories and one of the favorites in the stable. Sandy sb33ry@aim.com
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Bikes: 1. Flying Scot - 2. Major Nichols - 3. Witcomb (Track Bike) 4. Allan, Yates, Steel, and the last one which was one of the best and an off the peg bike Kalkoff - dont laugh the frame was great.

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The back end looks Witcomb the lugs, Bow rear fork bridge and straight ends typical - however the forks may be replacements - usually Witcombs had a steep fork angle.
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