The line it is drawnIts true the times they are changing. If the bikes for sale on Ebay are any representation of trends, vintage is out and NEW is the new vintage. It seems every major brand has new track bikes out hoping to capitalize on the popularity of urban fixed gear riding. FELT, TREK, SPECIALIZED etc. Whilst perusing the ether I came across this odd offering for a track frame.
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin
2008 Brand New Alloy Track Bike Frame and Chromoly Fork a puzzling excerpt from the online auction: This listing is for a Red 58cm bicycle frame and fork Catch a great deal on this track / fixed gear road bike frame and fork. This bike frameset could be set up to ride on the road as a single speed, or at the velodrome as a fixed gear. Perfect for getting around on campus or as a messenger bike. It comes with Frame, Fork, Headset, Seat Clamp and bottom bracket. What is the brand of this bike frame and fork? Well, that is up to you. These bikes framesets were made by a major bike manufacturer, not just a brand, and the people who actually build the bikes for the brand names you know. We could have bought some brand name out of the past or made up something new, we decided to leave it a clean canvas for you to personalize. Our experience in cycling stretches back over 20 years including a chain of retail stores, an online store and now. While our exclusive focus is no longer cycling, it is still our first. You will be pleased with the value, look and feel of this bike.
I have to wonder why they are hesitant to state exactly who the "major bike manufacturer ...who actually builds the bikes for brands (I) know" is. They are also hesitant, for an unstated reason to state who is actually selling the bike. If i was selling bikes and my "Cycling experience stretched back over 20 years" I wouldnt ask; WE SELL XS (excess get it?) to sell my bikes for a buy it now price of $179.00. (no takers on that price by the way).
What the hell happened? Did track bikes hit the wall and are now headed to Walmart? This frame is shit. the only thing this could be used for would be a game of hard court polo, and i mean A single game of hard court bike polo, or as a blunt object to carry with you and strike at angry motorists with while you are riding a real track bike. Keep it real. This aint real.