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Of them all my favourites were (prepare yourself!) a Langster and a Cannondale CAAD7 track - both of which are essentially road frames with track ends.
Prior to the Path Racer I'd just replaced my dead CAAD7 frame with a Ridley Oval 907C - an outright track frame, stiff as hell and totally uncompromising.
I have to admit I really didn't like it - apart from sprinting flat out, it was not in it's element, it beat me up over rough roads and the toe-overlap was "challenging" when weaving through traffic.
It now belongs to a chap who keeps it at the Velodrome- where I'm sure it's happier than it was when it was with me.
Now as a type of bicycle the Path Racer has honest claim to be one of the oldest- designed when a lot of roads were unmetalled, it was used to train on the road and raced on the track.
Hence it has a road biased geometry, yet it boasts a fixed drivetrain.
I decided to build one for myself, and if it worked, offer it as a model from Talbot Frameworks.
The geometry was lifted directly from one of my all-time favourite handling bikes, my Serotta CSi, with a slight lift to the BB to reduce the chance of pedal strike when cornering.
Tubing wise we went with 853 OS for the downtube, a Paragon Machine Works 44mm head tube, a swaged 853 seat tube (28.6 at the top, 31.2 at the BB), a PMW PF30 BB shell, Columbus MAX top tube (in a reversed orientation from how Columbus intended -more on that later), Zona chainstays and 14mm 4130 seat stays into a wishbone, with one short 16mm 4130 tube completing the rear end.
To allow (convenient use of) mudguards with a fixed drivetrain we used PMW rocker dropouts - once chain tension is set and the dropouts locked down the wheel drops out vertically.
For anyone who has had to fix a flat in the driving rain on their fixed-training bike with mudguards the ability to simply drop the wheel out and then put it back in without removing the mudguard and having to re-tension the chain should resonate.
Living in England a lot of my after work training is done at night, so we used a Shutter Precision dynamo hub, linked to Supernova E3 lights, running the cable through the top tube (Di2 grommets are useful for this) to keep things clean.
I used a Powertap G3 Track for the rear hub to record training load etc.
A Kinesis fork with mudguard eyelets but a road bike A-C measurement completed the picture.
Finally, being a fan of the older performance Volvos we painted it T-5R Gul yellow.
I have to cut the mudguard stays down still:
Dynamo wiring through the frame, and both brake levers operate the front brake via the Problem Solvers device:
Who can tell me what the Volvo reference is in this photo?
A relatively modest 48/18 as there are (contrary to popular belief) hills in London:
I'm a power-weenie, I admit it:
The MAX top-tube allows us to have the oval profile meet the 28.6mm seat-tube perfectly, with a nice large contact area and a smooth transition - yet it also flows perfectly into the 44mm headtube at the other end.
The bike as-pictured has done 2,100 miles since we finished it (just in time- the paint was drying as we built it up) for this years Bespoked.
It was, in a funny way, our favourite bike there (despite us winning a prize for Dalsnibba) as it's all it needs to be, and no more.
It's also tremendous fun to zip about on, comfortable, forgiving, yet razor sharp when you need it to be, and with almost zero flex around the BB when you fancy having a dig.
It really is one of my favourite bikes - I can't see myself ever getting rid of it, or if I did it would be with an updated version.
both of which are essentially road frames with track ends.
But isn't that what made them epic?
Anyway rather cool and interesting bike! Is the front hub/dynamo 5volt? you could charge a garmin with it
It's a Supernova E3 Pro 2 front light, with the matching Supernova E3 tail-light.
Both of these are run from a Shutter Precision PV-8 hub, which in the UK are rebadged by Exposure and sold as their own model.
The whole thing works brilliantly - strong, clear light that's always there and never runs out of battery.
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