Classic Lightweights UK
Rondinella track - 1974
Submitted by Peter Underwood
Frame built with track bars
This track frame originally belonged to Richard (aka Spider) Westwood who was a member of the Archer Road Club. Spider was a very useful local roadman in West London during the late 1960s through to the latter part of the 1970s. In the early 1970s Spider went off, with three others, to race for two seasons on the roads of Northern France and Belgium. Following his subsequent return home he had both this track frame and and a road frame built for him by Vic Edwards. He continued to ride for a further couple of years, mainly on home roads, with varying degrees of success. The track frame was used mainly to compete in the then regular Tuesday evening meetings held on the old concrete track located within the Paddington Recreation Ground, which at the time was the hotbed of track racing for West London. Sadly the track was subsequently demolished and nothing now exists of it.
By the late 1970's Spider had retired from competition and the frame was put into storage and has remained so up to the present time.''
In its' original form the bike was made up with the following components:
Cinelli 66 bars and stem, a Unica saddle on a Campag twin bolt pin, Campag Pista chainset and pedals. Wheels were 28-spoke Campagnolo large-flange hubs on Mavic rims with the then very popular Clement 10 tubulars.
Left: Seat cluster with paint to match red, white and blue on head and seat tube transfers
Right: Shimano Dura Ace brake stirrup for the very close-clearance forks
Drive chain with TA 5-pin cranks and 48T chainring drilled and painted by Stuart Henderson
Red/white/blue colour sheme to match transfers and topeye feature
Black stem, bars, tape, brake lever and cable for 'stealth look'.
Alternative with track bars. Both bar sets have own brake stirrups and levers.
Change just entails releasing bolt on stirrup and easing stem.
Early Mavic MA2 label
Classic front wheel with MA2 rim on Campagnolo Pista hub built with DB spokes
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