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1950s Beasley Special Track bike

I came across this frame with a semi-rusted patina and had to have it! It was a slow process getting it all together but it rides super smooth and I love it! From what I can understand, JJ Beasley was an Australian cycling champion at the turn of the 20th century, who then had three sons, Vin, Clinton and John who were all cycling chmpions in the 1930s-60s. I have been told that JJ hand made bikes for them. Who know - this could have been one of them?! I am not sure how the frame got to have the finish it does. Perhaps just it's age! It features a small bolt in the top of the bottom bracket which was used for oiling the bb without taking it apart. I am told that this stopped being used in the late 1950s in Australia, which is how we dated this frame. The frame had been clamped tight around a small seat post which had to be widened back out, then bored to get the rust out. Bob at stanmore cycles kindly made me a custom bolt. My favourite part is the beautiful lug work. All of the junctions are so beautifully detailed and then finished with what seems to be hand engraved patterns on the tubing. I went with Major Taylor drops, wrapped in green brooks leather to pick up on the colour of the frame. The rust colour matched nicely with a San Marco suede saddle. I really can't believe how well it rides. The parts are all mid range, so I suspect it is the geometry which makes it so special. So stoked to have revived a bit of Australian cycling history! I will take some better photos during the week - stay tuned.

Frame:
Beasley Special Track frame

Fork/Headset:
Rare integrated headset, hand engraved original fork.

Pedals:
mks track

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto Pearl Stem, Soma Major Taylor drop bars, Brooks Green leather handlebar tape.

Saddle/Seatpost:
Kalloy 26.8mm, Selle San Marco Regal (1935 collection) Suede.

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sturmey Archer sealed bearing hub, 27" x 1 1/4 gumwall tyre

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sturmey Archer sealed bearing hub, 27" x 1 1/4 gumwall tyre

Added by timmym. Last updated almost 7 years ago.

8 Comments

tracksloth

tracksloth says:

IS headset from the 50's whatt???

Posted almost 5 years ago

timmym

timmym says:

Yep, headset is partly integrated with frame. That is, the bottom part is connected to the frame, then unsealed ball bearings, then top of headset sits atop that. Perfect condition, no pitting etc. Quite interesting.

Posted almost 5 years ago

zorro

zorro says:

I'm so glad you left the frame's 'paint job' exactly how you found it. Everything looks awesome together especially the bar tape

Posted almost 6 years ago

timmym

timmym says:

Anyone have any suggestions for how to protect the finish? I am thinking a way would be good. Don't want to 'freeze' it with clear coat but still want to give it some protection and a matte shine.

Posted almost 7 years ago

stalag13

stalag13 says:

Protect the finish? You're kidding right?

Posted almost 7 years ago

timmym

timmym says:

alright 'maintain' then - ensure it continues to age but does not get structurally damaged.

Posted almost 7 years ago

Psyclist-Pinkbike

Psyclist-Pinkbike says:

Needs a lick of paint ;-) Awesome ride though!

Posted almost 7 years ago

timmym

timmym says:

Thanks! You'd be surprised how many people say that with a straight face! I've got enough shiny bikes! :)

Posted almost 7 years ago