Thursday, 11 July 2013

Track bike at the Scottish Cycle Museum.

On a recent visit to the Scottish Cycle Museum in the stableyard at Drumlanrig Castle, near the village of Thornhill in Nithsdale, I had the opportunity look at a track bike that was on display.  The transfer on the head tube identified the builder as Norman Pillinger from Alcester, Warwickshire, England.
However, if you look closely, it can be seen that there are two rivet holes in the head tube where a metal head badge may have been fixed at one time.  Unfortunately there is no information displayed about the history or use of the bike, other than it is amongst some Scottish built machines.  The rear track ends seem to be smaller ones and of a different shape than seen on many 1950s made track frames. 
Front fork blades are round section fitted into a twin plate fork crown. 
The lugs look like Bocama and the tubeset seat tube decal is a T.I. Reynolds 531ST tubing, which would tend to indicate the frame has been re-painted at some stage.  The wheels use Campagnolo Nuovo Record Pista large flange track hubs and the alloy chainset are contemporary 1960s~1970s equipment.

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