Track Bike Frames – suitable fixed and singlespeed

Classic Track and Road-Track frames now have their own page (see below) – this page is for for more modern track from 1970s onwards or other frames with rearward facing dropouts suitable for track or singlespeed use.

Post-1970 English, American and Japanese road frames have three pages. Classic Road pre-1970 frames, Classic Track & Road-Track, Lo-Pro & Retro TT, Italian, Touring, Track, and Continental frames each have their own special pages as do 'Bargain Basement' frames (those under £100).

All our categories can be found in the sub-menu below – clicking on the category you want look at will get you directly to that page.

PLEASE NOTE: I measure all British, American and Japanese frames in inches ctt (centre to top) and convert to the nearest cm, conversely I measure all European and Italian frames in centimetres ctc (centre to centre) and convert to the nearest 0.25in.
A problem with all frames measured ctt is that the top measuring point varies from maker to maker and I try and second guess where the maker intended his measurement to be to – some mean top of top top tube, others the very top of the seat lug, and others to the seat lug top line…

FRAME SIZING
Do not assume that you will need a frame sized the same as your modern one – either seat tube or top tube. Fashion plays a great part in frame design and sizing. In the early years of the 20th century frames were sized as large as possible with virtually no seatpost showing … by contrast riders were advised in the 1920s to have as small a frame as possible.
Race/road frames from the 1920s/early 1930s will generally be sized about 3–5cm smaller than a modern frame but with a much longer top tube and shorter stems. Towards the end of the 1930s larger frame sizes became fashionable – up to 2cm larger than a modern frame. Top tube lengths were still longer used with shorter stems. In the 1940s and 50s frames were sized a bit larger still – 3–4cm more than a modern frame still with longer top tubes and shorter stems. In the 1960s and 1970s frames gradually reduced in size until the late 1980s. At the same time top tubes began to get shorter and stems longer.

Standover height is NOT a useful method of frame sizing either with modern or old frames. Short legged riders will rarely have much or any clearance between the top tube and their crotch unless the frame has a sloping top tube design. Taller riders also face other problems. A complete guide to frame sizing for frames of different periods is impossible to detail here. For frames from the 1980s onwards I suggest buyers look at Dave Moulton’s contributions on frame sizing. Possibly start off with http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2006/2/27/a-different-thought-on-frame-sizing.html
and then look at: http://www.davemoultonregistry.com/MoultonFrameSizeChart

I am willing to advise any customer on frame sizing with older frames.

Featured Frames
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames
(look below)



Please contact me at: hilarystone@hilarystone.com to check on availability and confirm shipping cost.

CARLTON TRACK FRAME 21in 1971–2
Seat Tube (ctt): 21in (53cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21.25in (54cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with a brake drop of 43mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
This Carlton track frame dates from 1971–2. It has been beautifully refinished and the paint and chrome plating are in excellent condition… This track frame has steep angles and close clearances… A superb track frame. £295

 

DAVE RUSSELL TRACK 20.5in 1970s National Sprint Championship
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21in (53cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints with a brake drop of 46mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Dave Russell’s shop was in the Slough and Twyford areas just to the west of London – it moved several times. More can be found on Dave Russell at http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/builders/dave-russell-builders.html Dave sometimes got other framebuilders to build frames for him and this one looks very like the handiwork of Cliff Shrubb…
This frame belonged to Wendy Everson and was ridden by her to two National Sprint Championship titles in the 1970s. Its in very good condition though the paint has some rust speckles coming through… I’d be very tempted to clean it thoroughly and leave it as it is… Whatever it’s a lovely track frame with close clearances. £195

 

RALEIGH TEAM PRO TRACK FRAME 22.5in 1977
Seat Tube (ctt): 22.5in (57cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22in (56cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with brake drop of 36mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
The Raleigh SBDU workshop (SBDU) was established in late 1974 under the direction of Gerald O’Donovan. Frames were built for the Ti-Raleigh continental pro team from the very beginning. And the unit worked with Reynolds in developing Reynolds 753 and the first frames were tested by the Ti-Raleigh team in 1974. The SBDU was quite an unusual operation for such a large company with a modest production capacity – at a maximum only about 1000 frames or so a year from about four framebuilders.
This track frame dates from about 1977 and is built from Reynolds 531 double butted tubing. The present paint is in very good condition with only a few small marks; the frame itself is excellent. £465

 

NELSON TRACK FRAME 20.5in 1980s
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 23in (58cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C with brake drop of 48mm
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Reynolds 531 double butted
Nelson Cycles was one of the few Welsh framebuilders and was based at Llangynidr near Crickhowell. This frame has been repainted but the paint has quite a number of marks. It has quite steep proper track angles. £225



CYCLES AJP TRACK FRAME 53cm 1980s Alain Michel built
Seat Tube (ctc): 53cm (21in)
Top Tube (ctc): 55cm (21.5in)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: Sprints/700C
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame tubing: Tube Alleges
This track frame was built at Alain Michel’s workshop for a local bike shop – Alain Michel was one of the top framebuilders for the pros in France. This frame is a training frame though with cheaper tubing – the tube decal reads Alain Michel Cycles Tube Alleges. But it has proper steel track angles and close clearances and is not drilled for brakes. Its in very sound condition with no dents but the paint has quite a number of marks. £195

 

CHAS ROBERTS TRACK FRAME 1998 20.5in
Seat Tube (ctt): 20.5in (52cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 21in (53cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Frame Tubing: Columbus EL Oversize
Chas Roberts built an enviable reputation for his framebuilding over the years and perhaps was better known than his father who I think taught him the skills. This frame dates from 1998 and is beautifully built from I think Columbus EL Oversize tubing. Its in excellent condition generally, just one mark on the top tube when we removed a sticker… £395

 


TERRY DOLAN TRACK 23in 1994
Seat Tube (ctt): 23in (58cm)
Top Tube (ctc): 22.5in (57cm)
Rear dropout width: 120mm
Wheel size: 700C/sprints
Seatpost size: 27.2mm
Terry Dolan originally made bikes under the Cougar brand. Cougar became very big in part because he built Chris Boardman’s early frames and for other pro riders. After the Cougar name was sold Terry started making bikes again under Terry Dolan label. Many of his bikes were built from Dedacciai steel tubing – this frame is bit lighter than standard but could also be Reynolds 653. Its in excellent condition with no dents and the paint ois very good with a few small marks and one larger scrape on the chainstay. £295



Featured Frames
British and American road frames smaller than 21.5in
British and American road frames 21.5in–22.5in
British and American road frames larger than 22.5in
Bargain Basement
Classic Road frames pre-1970 smaller than 21.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 21.5in–22.5in
Classic Road frames pre-1970 larger than 22.5in
Classic Track & Road-Track frames pre-1970
European frames 56cm or smaller
European frames larger than 56cm
Italian frames 56cm or smaller
Italian frames larger than 56cm
Lo-Pro &
Retro Time Trial frames
Touring frames
Track frames (look above)




SHIPPING COSTS

UK: £18
Europe: £35
North America: £90
Japan, Asia, Australasia, Africa, Middle East, South America: £115

Figures above are good estimates, rates may vary for some countries.
Contact us for more info.


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FRAME CONDITION
Frames are supplied as seen in the pictures unless described otherwise in the text.
Please remember that these frames are generally at least twenty years old and sometimes seventy… In most cases I will know very little of their history but will attempt to describe any problems I can spot – if there are issues I have missed I will always work with the buyer to find a solution.
All frames I sell are in track and straight, with excellent headset threads, bottom bracket shell threads and gear hanger threads if fitted.
I will make every attempt to ascertain whether paint is original, an older repaint or a more recent repaint. Paint quality does vary quite bit…

These categories may be qualified by more detailed description in the text.

Excellent A very useable frame with no obtrusive marks to the paint and no dings or dents. Chrome if present will be free of serious marks unless stated otherwise.

Very Good Perfectly useable frame but with more marks to the paint and chrome if present. Some of the marks may benefit from careful retouching. Generally there will no dents or dings but if present will be small. However if you are concerned about dents/dings with frames in this category please ask me to do an extra check.

Sound Paint and chrome may need redoing depending on how you like your bikes – I appreciate frames with patina which show their age but others may want to repaint. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. Any more significant dents will be described in the text.

Needing repainting Paint will be poor and in my opinion is not saveable. There may be a small ding or two but nothing very significant – older frames often pick up smaller dents which are of no significance to their strength or life. If there are larger dents they will be described and/or pictured. These are all easily filled by a good framebuilder or frame painter at very little extra cost.

Headsets or bottom brackets fitted to frames are of unknown and unguaranteed condition unless specifically described in the text. Sometimes headsets or bottom brackets will not feel smooth and simply need a service and on other occasions the headset or bottom bracket will need replacing…
For frame without headsets or where you'd like a headset replaced I can offer a fitting service for £15. Please see the headset pages: http://hilarystone.com/headset.html for what is available but please bear in mind that you may need advice on whether a particular headset will fit your frame especially in relation to stack height.


 

 
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