[CR]Rearward facing dropouts

Example: Framebuilders:Brian Baylis

Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 18:21:41 -0700 (PDT)
From: Brian Booth <swiftybjb@yahoo.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Rearward facing dropouts

OK I'll wade in my my 2 cents.

I'm guessing that rear facing dropouts were a safety feature for track racing so you cannot pull a wheel out with your massive jump, and they wouldn't let you on a track if you had regular droputs anyway. Now unless your name is Reg Harris the chances of pulling a wheel out are pretty slim, actually closer to zero, and I think that every track has bike checkers who check the tightness of your locknuts, well they did when I was riding track. In all my years in this sport I have never seen anyone pull a wheel forwards, so I agree with Mike Barry, rear dropouts are no longer required or useful.

Brian (still own real track bike) Booth
Toronto, Ontario, Canada