Team Raleigh Track

“Red and yellow, kill a fellow…”

Maybe that’s why I love these old Team Raleigh track bikes? There’s something venomous about them. Like some predatory beast, I loved looking at the old photos of British steel eating their competition alive on the boards. The last time I was in Melbourne, I shot another Northside Wheelers in-store display, classic racing track machine, that bright red Cecil Walker. They’re both the same owner, with an impeccable taste for steel race machines.

This one’s a keeper! See more for yourself in the Gallery!

  • Powell

    Love the headbadge detail. This bike is stunning. Every time one comes up on eBay, my soul sinks a little bit. Going to have to pull the trigger and swoop one up before it’s too late and all of them are stuck inside one crazy track enthusiast’s airplane hanger full of bicycles.

    • http://theazzman.com azzman

      that is the truth, and it happens more than i liked for it to. I am still hunting for 2 different 53cm frames that I will probably never find and if I do I will have to give up my first born for. ( 3rensho, and cdale track)

  • Manuel Maille

    where is the sherif hub ? ;)

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      The bike predates CRecord. These are 151 BCD Pista cranks…

  • kasual

    Can’t get enough of this stunning bike. All time favourite livery and the polished lugs on the head tube are fantastic. Great job with the photos.

  • summerway

    own one of them)

  • Paris Samuel France

    so beautiful and loving that paint job.

  • Adrian Atanacio

    biplane forks. <3

  • Sammy Dirksz

    Is it one made in Amsterdam made by Jan Le Grand? The drilling, lugs and time span make me think so…
    It’s a beauty though!

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Nope. It was very common to Campy drill track ends in that era… drillium was in every builder’s MO.

      • Sammy Dirksz

        True that, if not LeGrand, any idea who did?

      • sbarner

        Of course, Campy never drilled any of their dropouts, this was done by the builder, but you probably only transposed the words. Track dropouts were almost always reshaped, as well. There were a few builders who used the raw dropout, which was basically a flat, punched out, steel blank, and those look brutally chunky and crude–nothing elegant about the at all. This bike is a tad unusual and likely from the early years of the team paint scheme, ’74-’75. It’s the yellow head tube that sets it apart, as most of these had black head tubes. The frameset stayed pretty much the same from the late 1960s through the late 70s, with at least three different paint schemes, the light blue/white; red, white & blue; and the team graphics from ’74 to around ’78 or so. Underneath the varied livery were subtle differences, with the seat cluster going from a sweet wraparound to the conventional style on this bike, a change in the drilling on the rear dropouts, subtle changes in the fork crown, and changes in the lugs, though all the ones I’ve seen used spearpoint styles. The basic geometry appeared unchanged, and the fork kept that sweet, crown-to-dropout rake throughout. The exceptions to this conformity were the track frames that came from the SBDU shop in Ilkeston, and this establishes another interesting thing about this bike because it was not really a “Team” model. All of these standard Pro track bikes came out of Worksop, to my knowledge, and most of the ones I’ve seen that were in the team colors lacked the Team decal. Raleigh played fast and loose with the word “team” in the 1970s, with the most bizarre application being the gaspipe Team Record sold as a youth 10-speed in the US, so this really isn’t a surprise, but any track bike ridden by a member of a Raleigh racing team in this era would have been built either by Jan le Grand or at SBDU and would not have been a clone of this design. These are sweet machines, at home on the track or road. While there is nothing special about their level of workmanship, they were both pretty and affordable and, from arm’s length, anyway, quite flashy and attractive.