was a British marque named for Arthur METCALF, Ron KITCHING & Wes
MASON; Metcalf and Mason were retired British pro racing stars and
Kitching was a prominent bicycle retailer/wholesaler. They started
building bikes in '72 and were out of business by '79. Much more
info at the CR site:
not sure if this bicycle is a proper path racer---I apply the term
loosely to vintage frames with true track ends that are also factory-drilled
for brakes and have road-like tire clearances and frame angles.
They could be ridden on the road to the race, which could be on
a track or a grass field ("path"), raced, then ridden back home.
frame is build from Reynolds 531 db tubing and has some nice details---long-point
lugs, semi-wrap stays, round fork blades with twin-plate fork crown.
Brake clearance is tighter in the front (short-reach caliper w/shoes
at top of slots, ~40mm) than rear (standard-reach w/shoes near bottom
of slots, ~55mm). BB drop is a little shallower than most of my
road bikes (~65mm), but the frame angles aren't very radical (74-deg
square) and she handles nicely on the road. A nice vintage/Riv fit
for me, a tad on the tall side.
is mostly bog-stock vintage Campag Record/Nuovo Record. I eventually
tracked down genuine pista crankarms and steel-cage pista pedals.
I'm between wheels at the moment, working on a set of high-flange
Campy hubs w/tubular rims. Technomic stem & Nitto 46cm bars, which
I find the best fit for my jello-bellied Clydesdale physique, and
every good bicycle deserves Brooks.
used for early-morning flat-to-gentle-hill shortish rides and commutes.
Most/all original decals/transfers are gone (don't think the head
tube letters are original), and I guess she deserves a respray,
someday. But I'm a sucker for original paint, and I can buy another
vintage frame for the cost of a respray..... :^}