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 Post subject: Re: Trackers
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 1:51 pm 
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Christ, when i started riding on road in the early 80's and we weren't being driven off the roads in the slightest. No idea where he got the idea that it was happening in the 1970's. Unless he has a completely skewed view of risk!

Mid-late 90's onwards was a completely different story!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:26 pm 
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GrahamJohnWallace wrote:




What do contributors here remember were the reasons why they built and rode 'Tracker' bikes?


For me I'd always wanted a motorbike and off road cycling was as close as I could get and so exciting. You could find the limit of grip, unlike on a road bike. When I got a moped in '78 and a motorbike in '79 I was still riding my "scrambler".


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 Post subject: Re: Trackers
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:39 pm 
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mattr wrote:
Christ, when i started riding on road in the early 80's and we weren't being driven off the roads in the slightest. No idea where he got the idea that it was happening in the 1970's. Unless he has a completely skewed view of risk!

Mid-late 90's onwards was a completely different story!

He did grow up in London, maybe motor vehicle conjestion arrived there first?


Meanwhile, here's the story of a 'Tracker' bike with homemade front suspension:
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https://www.mbr.co.uk/news/my-dad-inven ... ike-358753


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 Post subject: Re: Trackers
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:24 pm 
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These creations remind me of the 3 wheel BMX tandems that we created in the late 80's.
Thinking about this they were bloody dangerous as they were created by joining 2 BMX's front to rear dropouts at the wheel nuts and they used to swivel around the rear axle of the lead bike. diamondback forks used to be best as the style of dropout offered more security (by virtue of the ends being bent outward slightly). They used to be damn fast and have good offroad ability for a single gear. The fad only lasted a few months though and in that time no tandems separated fortunately so we can look back on the concept as successful but flawed.

Carl.


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