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What kind of frame is this???(5 posts)

What kind of frame is this???Kurt H
Nov 18, 2001 5:18 PM
Hi folks,
Could someone please tell me what in the world kind of frame this thing is:
Between the track forks in the back and a lack of a rear derailleur hanger, I'm inclined to say track bike. But then the cantilever brake studs, water bottle bosses, and eyelets at both ends suggest something more streetable. My first thought is that this would make an great fixed gear or single speed commuter with eyelets for a rack and fenders (but with cantis????), but who the heck makes bikes like this and for what original purpose other than what I mentioned?
re: Maybe it's a custom...Akirasho
Nov 18, 2001 5:28 PM
Your observations seem correct and indeed it's not a standard configuration... a fixed gear tourer (whew, what a challenge that could be) would be my initial assessment... or perhaps it belonged to a messenger...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: What kind of frame is this???walter
Nov 18, 2001 5:40 PM
Neat frame. Would definitely build up into a unique bike.
Seller is in New York City so messenger is a real possibility. I understand ther's a number of builders there who specialize in frames just for the messengers who do tend to go thru bikes at a fast rate.
re: What kind of frame is this???PbOkole
Nov 19, 2001 6:43 AM
The Gunnar Street Dog, made by Waterford is a fixed gear/single speed cyclocross frame. It has the track dropoputs with cantilever and fender braze-ons. There are more makers doing this type of frame these days due to the increased interest in single-speeding.
Maybe made in the UKzelig1
Nov 19, 2001 7:14 AM
Single speed bikes made expressly for road use are fairly common in the UK. Hence the eyelets for mudguards (fenders) and rack, as well as bottle bosses. They often come fitted with canti braze-ons for two reasons: Use with up to 32mm tires and adequate clearance using the aforementioned width tires and the mudguards to accomodate such tires.

Most brake arches for modern single or dual pivot aren't wide enough to go around these mudguards without cutting or living with the mudguard being pinched when braking (not a problem during the plastic Blumel era but more problematic with the current metal line of say SKS). There's also the issue of brake reach which the canti's solve although a lot of builders here spec. Shimano DX??-100 brakes for this reason.

St. Johns Cycles and Condor are a couple who come to mind which make such a frame.