Re: [CR]1950s US Track Bike Geometry

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Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 07:38:40 -0800 (PST)
From: "Fred Rafael Rednor" <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]1950s US Track Bike Geometry
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <01C1A2CF.72B24420.lunsmann@tpg.com.au>


> ...I would be interested to know if this represented > typical geometry for an early 1950s US track machine? Rolf, All the track racing I attended in the '50s and early '60s took place on the same sort of tracks you mention. That is, flat or very slight banking. I don't know if these were typical of the entire North American continent - my father took me to track meets in New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The NYC meets, which I remember best, were on a paved oval in Flushing Meadow Park, site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. If I recall correctly, races were on a cinder track in one of the other cities I mentioned. A bit later (1964) NYC built the infamous banked velodrome in Kissena park. Right from the start, it was so badly paved that a long wheelbase bike with shallow angles wouldn't have been a bad idea. I can't say much about the scene elsewhere in the USA or Canada, though. Best regards, Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia

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