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75 T - 1979 / 1980

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SeatThis Flying Scot, frame number is 75T was built for the late Jock Ward, a very successful Highland Games grass-track cyclist. The bike appears to be purpose built for grass-track, having wide clearances, shallow angles and a long wheelbase. The rear ends are much shorter than those on a typical Scot track bike and the seat-lug has "Scot" engraved at the top of the stays. The seat-stays are thick, like most track bikes, yet the chain-stays are particularly narrow, presumably to provide some shock absorption. The frame is really quite unusual since it has rather old-fashioned geometry and yet it was most likely built around '79 or '80. Apparently the bike doesn't handle like a track bike at all, feeling laid-back and very comfortable, almost like a touring bike. I suspect that if I was to fit cyclo-cross tubs or 700Cs and take it for a thrash around a field somewhere the "lazy" geometry would make perfect sense. The previous owner, had the seat-tube replaced by George Longstaff and a respray/re-enamel (hence the '531' "renovation" transfer, before using it at Meadowbank Velodrome in Edinburgh.

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Photographs Courtesy of Neil Macmillan
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