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Track ends

A friend has sent a copy of the Strudwick Cycles brochure for 1950 presumably because they were based in Oxford Street Brighton near my former home. Just as soon as I can get my scanner working I shall add more about the firm.

have used the term track ends for as long as I have been cycling but these days it seems to be a misnomer as the vast majority of bikes with “track ends” never go anywhere near a velodrome and nor are they intended to. BMX bikes for one and, of course, the fixies popular with the Hoxton crowd never leave the mean (but very expensive) streets of East London.

But back to the Strudwick Cycles brochure where in describing the Oxford E.R.W. track frame they refer to Chater Lea draw-back rear ends. Isn’t that spot on?

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Charles Terryn

This is, I believe, the work of Charles Terryn sometime mechanic to Eddy Merckx. I have always believed that if a job involved a great deal of extra work for no particular advantage Bill Philbrook would have done it just to show that he could and it seems that Terryn was cut from the same cloth. And why the two holes? surely not for lightness.


Merkx a l-atelier Terryn 02                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Don’t panic mechanic! Charles Terryn hands Eddy his bike at the 1975 Worlds.

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Philbrook for Sale

ImageAlthough few things in life are certain I believe I can say with certainty that I shall never again ride a time trial. I am therefore selling my 1982 frame You can read about it on Ebay. Enter

Philbrook hand built steel frame        into the Search box. 

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