After a road conversion build up which I have sold on, and now riding a Fuji Feather (Love the bike, will be used as my "exercise" fixed gear bike), I have finally found a worthwhile project I want to focus on.
I have bought a frame second hand, but much of it is a mystery. I hope with the expertise and help of other enthusiasts I may be able to identify the frame, and in the process do the frame justice during the rebuild.
Features which may aid in identification:
- Real track frame (not just rear drop outs, or a new street fixed bike), based upon sizes and no front, or rear brake holes
"standard" sizes, ie English tread bottom bracket, head set, 100mm fork spacing, 120mm rear dropout spacing, 1" threaded forks, steel tubing with lugs, 560mm top tube, 550mm seat tube
Elongated, and wrap around seat stays
Thin seat stays
No crimped chain stays
Odd shaped fork ends
Odd shaped rear dropouts
Flanges on head lugs
Non- Nervex lugged fork
Built for 700C wheels (Yet to be confirmed)
Round fork blades
26.8mm seat post
"Ross Cycles, red and white" written by hand on fork steerer, appears original colour may have been red and white
The whole frame and fork. Paint is clearly not original. You can see that someone has sprayed black over a chipped layer of paint.
I was told it had Nervex lugs, but had to be sure myself. I removed several layers of paint to reveal this. It says NERVEX up top and serial number c95306400222F38 (from what I can see). It uses a combination of super script and sub script letters and numbers.
The top of the bottom bracket, showing lugs, chain stay brace, and non crimped chain stays (ovalised where tyre passes through)
Track ends, showing odd shape. Also note how small the diameter of the seat stays are in comparison to the chain stays.
Fork steerer. Who are Ross Cycles? Could this indicate the original colour when built? Flat fork crown, doesn't appear to be Nervex. No brake hole.
Fork ends. Steep curve at end, with odd shaped ends, round blades.
Head tube lugs. Note flanges on ends of head tube.
Seat lug. Note elongated, and wrap around seat stays. Accommodates 26.8mm seat post.
I appreciate any info people can add.