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Old 03-04-10, 09:34 PM
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Track bike ID help

Well, I N+1 with another track bike (#3 vintage track in the stable, +2 more non-vintage). I won it on ebay with two other wheelsets from a seller on Ebay. He didn't know much about bikes in general and listed pickup only so I think it helped me get everything for what I consider is a decent price.

What I need is helping to identify the track frame/fork itself. The bike has a full Dura Ace 10 Pitch track group. It is only missing the lockring (anybody got a 10 pitch lockring they want to get rid of?). The date codes on the 10 pitch stuff are all from 77/78. The question is who made the frame? There are decals on them, but they are kind of cryptic. Things I know. It takes a 27.2 mm seatpost, dropouts are stamped Shimano and almost look like they mention 10 pitch, english threading, fastback seatstays, and nothing drilled for a brake. Here are some pics to hopefully help with an ID.


















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Old 03-04-10, 09:35 PM
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Looks like a rebus _B_ien...I'd like to say OBrien, but I can't make a space ship into an "O" or a bear into an "R".

10 pitch is rare and cool. The bike is a good'un.
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Ann Arbor is not that far from Waterloo, WI. If I were to venture a guess, those lugs have early Trek written all over them.
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Originally Posted by EjustE
Ann Arbor is not that far from Waterloo, WI. If I were to venture a guess, those lugs have early Trek written all over them.
They look more like Henry James to me:

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And there is considerably more detail than Trek worked into its lugs in the 70's when the fastback seatstays were used.
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Is the third symbol a bear or a lion?
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Lion roaring, so "r" so OBrien sounds good to me. Icon on the chain stay. I somehow doubt this indicates the maker, but what do I know.
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O'Brien was my first thought when I looked at the pictures closer. I found an O'Brien cycles on the web. https://www.obriencycles.com/index.html. I have sent an email with a link to the photos. Hopefully he can confirm an positive ID for me.
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I received a reply from Michael O'Brien. It is one of his frames made late 80's/90's according to the fastback seatstays. It possibly might be a repaint as he said it doesn't look like his original paint/decals. I took the fork off the bike and found a Columbus dove so I assume the bike is made of Columbus. I have seen the spiral of SLX so I guess SL or SP. I weighted the bike and as shown it is 16.5 lbs.
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sweet ride, you scored! Especially since you now know the builder. So what is the decal on the back of the seat tube?
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Hopefully you didn't break the bank scoring it. It is a real catch. 10 pitch is picking up in popularity and may be the next must have groupe. Hopefully it will see the velodrome too. Although with that small front ring you won't have much chance against the newer bikes.
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i think some one has a NOS 10 pitch lock ring in one of the for trade threads
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Hopefully you didn't break the bank scoring it. It is a real catch. 10 pitch is picking up in popularity and may be the next must have groupe. Hopefully it will see the velodrome too. Although with that small front ring you won't have much chance against the newer bikes.
Quick rant: This "new and improved" forum crap sucks. If you quote and submit a post it just doesn't post it for you. This is the second time I got to type my reply out, thanks BikeForums!

I was happy with my purchased price of the bike as well as the two track wheelsets (non-10 pitch) I got from the same seller. With 10 pitch the whole drivetrain is scaled down because of a short link length. The chainring is a 48t and the cog is a 15t so the drivetrain will not be holding the bike back at all. It will see a velodrome, but maybe not with the 10 pitch. I have enough spare track parts sitting around (with normal sized chains that are easily found) that I will probably put on it and save the 10 Pitch stuff.

I am looking through the ISO/trade thread for the missing lockring, but it is 122 pages long and we all know how well the search function works around here.
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i tried searching for it for you but came up dry. i could have been dreaming too...
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