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Old 05-03-17, 09:21 PM
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Vintage Track Bike ID

Only pic I have.

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With that chainring and some of the outlines on the decals it looks kinda like a Superior or New World? Hard to see.
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Nice old track bikes like that always bring a smile to my face. I just love their simplicity yet purposeful reason for being.

Here in Australia, there were so many bike builders building frames for the track or track/daily transport, that it's really difficult to zero in on a specific builder - I'm wondering if it is similar around your neck of the woods?

With all those reflectors, it looks like it's done it's fair share of commuting. I used to love commuting on an old track bike back in my youth.

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Not mine, but it was posted at a local estate sale. Too small for me, but looks like a great ride
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Good call on the chain ring! But if it's a Schwinn chainring (AS&CO) it appears to be on backwards.

Looks like original paint and wood rims, all in good shape. Quite a find.

I don't recall having seen those lugs on a Schwinn; but certainly on other track bikes of the era, Drysdales, Brennan, etc.
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Best guess, a Wastyn, maybe. The cut outs on the headtube lugs say Wastyn or Brennan but I think I see open seat stays and that was a Wastyn detail. BSA chain set pretty common on bikes of this era. Nice bars and adjustable track stem, looks very era original-correct. Fantastic bike, I love these things, is it still for sale?
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A real track bike---nice sprints rims and great track fork--many track bikes were build using BSA so that's no help in I.D. but nice to see. Also I've seen those head lugs that go around the head tube but I have no idea on who made them???
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A real track bike---nice sprints rims and great track fork--many track bikes were build using BSA so that's no help in I.D. but nice to see. Also I've seen those head lugs that go around the head tube but I have no idea on who made them???
The headtube lugs cut like that are a hallmark for Pop Brennan frames, Wastyn used the design as well but they tend to be a little thicker in the band area that wraps around the headtube. I'm sure other builders used them as well, would be nice to see a close up of lug details. Another give away is Brennan bikes have no serial number, a Wastyn would typically have one.

Here is a nice Wastyn example, similar headtube cutouts and open seat stays...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/11614724@N05/8352105083

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Old 05-04-17, 07:23 PM
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I'm sure it's sold (the sale started today). Chicago area, so Waystn could be.
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Bike came up on Facebook
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Guess I need to change my photo settings. Yes, it's a Goossens Special, the address "missing from decal" is 2424 Fullerton, across the street from Wastyn's at 2429.

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@John D Did you get it?
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@John D Did you get it?
Yes, my Wife picked it up for me.
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Yes, I now own it.

A couple photos.
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If only it had a few more reflectors...just kidding.

Awesome bike!
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If only it had a few more reflectors...just kidding.

Awesome bike!


Those pedal reflectors look like something one could have purchased at an automobile supply store ca. 1948.

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Oh man that is super cool! The "Goossens Special" decal is a lot like the Alvin Drysdale and Dick Powers decals of the 30's, but I've never heard of Goossens before.
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Super cool John D - glad someone here picked it up. Too small for me.
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I have read that Louie Goossens was a Wastyn apprentice that eventually opened his own shop. There was another Goossens Special for sale on EBay a while back that had some trophies, a jersey and some spare wheels for sale. A BF member now owns it, he has some photos of it on the CABE. I had never heard of Goossens prior to the EBay listing, I did a pretty thorough internet search and only came up with four examples including this one, I'm guessing they are pretty rare.
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A more presentable image

Leveled saddle, sans reflectors
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Now it looks the business.

Any markings on the stem, it looks similar to a Drysdale piece I saw on another vintage bicycle?
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That is cool. Looks fast; you can't say that about a lot of those older ones.
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BEAUTIFUL pick up! Moar pics please!
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This made me sit up in my chair. I can't wait to see this bike all cleaned up.
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