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    Dads old track bike

    My son and I are going to start on a project to rebuild Dads old track bike.

    All I can remember when he gave it to me in the early 70ís he told me he had the frame built in San Jose in 1955 and he would ride it over 17 before I was born in 1957. He was pissed when I tossed the Brooks Saddle and replaced it with a vinyl POS. Man what foolish kid!

    We want to restore this to a rider once again and would like to retain as much original as possible. The question I have is; has anyone used a plating service in the Bay Area that they could recommend? I think with a little TLC we might be able to save the crank set and stem.

    Thanks David
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    Wow!

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    Dads old track bike

    Might try Joel Hirschfeld, out in Alameda. Not sure if he does this kind of restoration (although he's very capable of the task), but could at least point you in the right direction I'd think.

    http://hirschfeldfab.com/

    Good luck with the restoration project. Cool old bike, and history.

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    How about a father/son road trip instead?

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    It would make a great story. But then again, I like bikes and father/son stories and I could watch yours on tv.
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    Wow.. That frame, at least from the pictures, looks like it is in great shape. Not sure what your thoughts are on the parts hanging on it, but I hope after the work is done on it, it gets ridden. A lot!

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    I am getting excited about this. I found a primo Brooks professional saddle that fits the time of the bike. My son has the wheels to replace one hub and lace, I dropped the crank and stem at Valley Plating and the dude was stoked to work on this project.
    Have a long way to go but itís looking good! Picís when it starts to come together. DT

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    Photos of father & son riding that bike at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome is the only proper way to complete this thread!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC View Post
    Photos of father & son riding that bike at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome is the only proper way to complete this thread!
    +1 agreed!

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    I'm jealous- that is going to be a great bike. Word of advice from someone who found out the hard way on a 60's Gitane- inspect the cotter on the cottered crank VERY carefully. If it's rusted, it can't be trusted (sorry- I was channeling Johnny Cochrane for a minute).

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    How perfect do you want it to be? I would try something like Simichrome polish first. The plating process may cause some metallurgical changes and might be a problem for the components that receive physical stress.

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    Dads old track bike-img_3613_s.jpgDads old track bike-img_3619_s.jpgDads old track bike-img_3625_s.jpg

    We are trying to keep it as original as we can but there are a few issues that need to be addressed, like cracked rims and front hub. I donít want to have the wheels fly apart when we put the power down so we are replacing marginal parts with time specific replacements.

    I will post the crank and stem rebuild next week and am researching the frame builder. This bike is soÖ. cool. I am embarrassed that I let it rot like this.

    Yes we will ride Hellyer. DT

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    I recommend "Leatherique" for the saddle. There may be other recommendations from Brooks themselves, but that is what I have used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantguy View Post

    I will post the crank and stem rebuild next week and am researching the frame builder. This bike is soÖ. cool. I am embarrassed that I let it rot like this.

    Yes we will ride Hellyer. DT
    Have you been in touch with Terry Shaw? He's a fountain of knowledge about old track bikes, and would know local builders.

    There will be folks at Hellyer who will really like to see this bike. Looks like a great project!

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    Is this who you are talking about? DT
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    Quote Originally Posted by bsprouts View Post
    Have you been in touch with Terry Shaw? He's a fountain of knowledge about old track bikes, and would know local builders.

    There will be folks at Hellyer who will really like to see this bike. Looks like a great project!

    -brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantguy View Post

    Yep, that's him. I can probably find a way to put you in contact with him. PM me.

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    Got the crank and stem back from Valley Plating. Won (on e-bay) a set on vintage Mavic rims that my son is going to lace up next week. Lot's of the old parts are hard to find so I am either making them or replacing with new.
    This is getting good. DT
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    Great progress!
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    Found out a little more about the bike. It was most likely built at Fabers, that would account for the Schwinn parts (rear hub and crankset). It would also appear that the bike is much older that I originally thought and some of the parts are much older than mid 50ís.

    The wheels are laced and I still have a few more things to find for them. Rear jamb nuts and lock for the gear. But I have come to a stumbling point and am having trouble finding parts for the headset. If anyone knows anything about antique integrated, clamp style headsets please let me know. If I donít find one I will have to get in touch with a frame builder and will see if I can get something made up. I really donít want to do that if possible.

    The old image is the only one I have of the bike in its time. Dad is the trailing rider (without helmet) and this was on 17 (now 880) near Brokaw Road before it was open to cars.

    Thanks to Cupertino Bikes for all their help. DT
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    This is the style of headset I am looking for. DT
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    Thanks for sharing this.
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