When our dog Rex was taking me for a walk today, I got to thinking (dangerous and rare). The first concerned a bike we are making for an ex pat Brit in USA. We had agreed to fit a 5 speed Velo box in a frame that was originally from a Super Squirrel. I was wondering how to locate the box in the frame and one idea was to make a Scott type interchangeable undertray that would take a Velo box.
Question. Would anybody else be interested if such a thing were available.
The distance between the primary and final drive chain lines is much too narrow on the box I have been sent. I made a four speed Scott box because I would not be allowed to race with a Velo box installed, so I have never done this before. If anyone has done this job successfully, I would welcome any advice.
Another wild idea– The racer frame is at Spondon, where they are shortening the tank and moving tank mountings to get the weight further forward. I need to go over and pick it up in a few days (I Hope!)
In 1967 I built for Trevor, my brother, a duplex Scott converted to swinging arm rear. I put a Norton front end and fitted the engine with reed valves on the doors. Thinking about this and how this bike had stayed unused almost 40 years, I wondered about the frame.
It would be quite straightforward to make a duplex frame in lightweight tube with a swinging arm rear end that would enable all the Scott items to be transferred across and retain the original frame so it could all be put back when required. It would look like a Scott and go like a Scott, but lighter and more comfortable. I have some back problems and have not been able to ride a rigid bike on the road for several years, hence the Silk Scott project which lies in limbo at present.
All foolish dreams perhaps, but if anyone is interested to know more, please contact me.