Category Archives: track bike
Passing Down a Unique Land Shark Track Frame

Jim C, one of the founders of Orange 20 and later, Cranky’s in Santa Barbara, held a swap meet sale at Golden Saddle Cyclery today, before moving out east. Jim brought along with him a unique Land Shark Time Shark frame. This frame was allegedly raced by Amanda Henry in the 1986 UCI track worlds in the Flying 250mm. While I can’t find any information on the bike, or Amanda Henry’s career online, Jim’s memory of this frame’s history will have to do.

The asymmetric seat stays were a common detail on these Time Sharks, as were custom stems, wild paint jobs, and beautifully-curved forks. A few more details of note include the Magic Motorcycle cranks, which were later purchased by Cannondale to become part of their Coda line. Check out that outboard bottom bracket! The home-made disc wheels are made from common plastic, mostly used in model airplane fuselage construction.

All in all, these “funny bike” designs are always a pleasure to document and admire. Jim passed this bike down to the team at the Cub House, so if you’re ever in their neighborhood, make sure you check it out. See more photos below. (more…)

Jan 20, 2018 3 comments
Derborence Illuminated

The latest from Seabase takes us to one of Switzerland’s hidden gems: Derborence.

Jan 16, 2018 Comments are OFF
Chasing Everyone!

Terry combined his entire “Chasing” series into a 26-minute long feature length. Get your fill of hot lines here!

Jan 7, 2018 2 comments
Lucas’ Samson Street Track Bike

Putting together a parts bin bike doesn’t usually include an NJS frame. When his roommate parted out a complete NJS Samson track bike, Lucas acquired the frameset for $50. Aside from a few small dents in the top tube, the frame was in great condition, so he assembled it with all of his spare parts. Since then, it’s been his go-to around town and lock-up-bike. I couldn’t help myself when he rolled up to Golden Saddle Cyclery on it yesterday, just hours before hopping on a plane back to Portland…

Jan 5, 2018 30 comments
NYC Stand Strong

… thanks to Terry for making these videos, which beautifully capture this beautiful city.

Dec 11, 2017 7 comments
Two Unique Bicycles from Woodstock Cycleworks

How a shop uses their retail floor and what they display there says a lot about their business model. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that most shops reserve the floor for items which are for sale and they’ll hang or display specialty, not-for-sale items outside of the consumable area. Well, that’s not the case at Cape Town, South Africa’s Woodstock Cycleworks. Nils and his team are literally swimming in bikes, both complete and in framesets. As we saw in our Shop Visit, the space is made by the bikes, not vice versa. Some shops’ spaces are made for the bikes. Here, you move throughout a myriad of frames, museum pieces and yes, items for sale.

After an initial walkthrough, two bikes that really resonated with me were these: a Hansom Track and a strange, BMX designed to incorporate a shovel. One is what many would consider a pristine example of a South African frame and the other, well, I dunno what it’s purpose is or was.

The BMX

Nils, or perhaps it was someone else, discovered this bike in a dumpster, outside a school. It seems it was a project of a student and aside from its obvious metaphor of working on bike trails with a shovel, it serves no current purpose at the shop, other than to cause inquiries by people like me.

Hansom Track R5000

Hansom is one of the most distinguishable South African builders and in his day as a builder, Gotty Hansom built a number of road and track bikes from Tange, Reynolds and Columbus tubing. This bike, in particular, was made from 531 and sports some very tight clearances. Currently, it’s listed on Woodstock’s for sale page

Oct 20, 2017 2 comments
Alberto Masi and the Vigorelli Velodrome – Brian Vernor

Alberto Masi and the Vigorelli Velodrome
Photos and words by Brian Vernor.

The Red Hook Crit is in Milan for the final race of the 2017 championship series. This race exceeds expectation every year I go. This year we once again had a private pre-race track day at the legendary Vigorelli Velodrome. In the velodrome itself is Alberto Masi’s frame shop, which I visited with many other racers and fans. His crew brought out some vintage bikes and dernies to run on the track. It was an amazing day blending cutting edge contemporary racing with the timeless spirit of Italian Cycling. Much thanks to Trimble Racing and the Red Hook Crit. Now, to the races…

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Oct 19, 2017 11 comments