RECO track bike: update

Yesterday I got a nice email from a person I didn't know in person: Ben (Bernhard) Regter. He explained to me that he, and not his brother Nico, has built the RECO frames. To be honest, I had no idea. But all people I talked with about my RECO immediately mentioned the name Nico Regter. Well, Nico was a racer, his brother Ben a welder. Nico had problems finding frames that suited him well, so, together they decided to develop and produce racing frames. That's how "RECO" (Regter Construction) was born.
Also very nice is that he had some pictures of himself, soldering my frame, back in the old days. Wish I had that workshop, jig and equipment.

3ttt bar end plugs

I found these 3ttt bar end plugs with old logos. There were not cheap, but so nice, that I couldn't resist them. A nice detail in my 3TTT track bike project.

SOLD: FIR Antara full carbon rims for tubulars

SOLD: FIR ANTARA RIMS 18 HOLES FOR TUBULAR TYRES
Used, but very good condition. Excellent wheels for road racing, track, cyclocross, triathlon and time trial.
Very nice, full carbon, deep section rims.
700c, 28"
For 18 spokes. Can be laced up with 18 or 38 hole hubs.
Only used on velodromes, indoor only. No crashes. No marks of brake pads at braking surface.
Clearcoat chipped at several spots, as usual for FIR Aantara rims.
Rims are straight, no dents, cracks, etc.
No tubulars, hubs or spokes included.
Price for 2 rims excl. postage.




SOLD: Navigator track wheels (for tubulars)

SOLD: NAVIGATOR TRACK WHEELS FOR TUBULAR TYRES 28 SPOKES
Used, but very good condition. Excellent wheels for racing and training.
700c, 28"
OLD 100 mm (front) and 120 mm (rear).
28 spokes front and rear, tied and soldered.
Only used on velodromes, indoor only. No crashes.
Wheels are straight, no damage at all, bearings are very smooth, all threads are okay.
Black, medium section aluminium rims, black high flange hubs, silver coloured spokes.
Lock nut for cog included.
If desired, brand new, unused and unfitted orange Continental Tempo 22 track tubulars can be supplied.
I've got too many wheels, so I have to sell these.
"Navigator" decals have been removed.
Price excl. tubulars, cog, postage.



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XB3 Спорт track bike

This XB3 Спорт ("Sport") may become ANOTHER new, vintage track bike project.
I may acquire this ex-USSR track frame set from a friend in Kiev. It would be funny to have such a former eastern European piece. The amateurs from GDR and USSR have always played a very dominant role in cycling history, on road and track. Besides the sponsored Colnago bikes (and some other exclusive machines from e.g. De Rosa, Ciöcc, Rossin), they always used their own bikes. While the GDR riders rode their Textima bikes (special sports division of Diamant bicycles, located in the basements of sewing machine manufacturer Textima), the Soviet bikes all came from the Kharkiv Bicycle Factory. This company was in the city of Kharkov, which is nowadays in Ukraine. It was called XB3, Харьков Велосипед Завод, Cyrillic for KhVZ, Kharkivsky Velosipedny Zavod, Kharkiv Bicycle Factory.
XB3 did product several qualities and "brands". For the regular or entry level racers, there were "Record" bikes, while the most exclusive products for the world class riders were the well known Тахион ("Takhion").
XB3 bikes can be placed in this sequence: рекорд ("Rekord"), Sprint/Meteor, Спорт ("Sport") , Квант ("Kvant"), Тахион ("Takhion"), Москва-80 ("Moskva 80").
XB3 Спорт come in different versions, like: ГИТ (g-i-t = "Sprint"), "Track Time Trial" and perhaps some others.
If it all goes on, it will be a surprise how the full bike will look like, even to me. But this could be it. Parts I already have and also use for other vintage track bikes: Campagnolo track wheels and pedals. The frame set may already have a special sized KhVZ headset, a BB-set and a 26.2 mm seat post. The BB set and the seat post may be replaced buy something else, but the headset has to stay. Then, there is a Cinelli Unicanitor saddle, a Cinelli 1A handlebar stem, Cinelli "Criterium" No. 65 bars. Actually missing is a crank set, but perhaps I will borrow the Campagnolo Record Pista crank set from the "3ttt" project for a while. But maybe everything will be totally different.
To be continued...