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Jack Sibbit 'Special' track bike

Owned by: Gary Higgitt

Sibbit track RB 1



Frame
Jack Sibbit 'Special' track frame; 23" seat ube, 23" top tube; black/red with chrome head lugs and fork ends
Wheels
Early Mavic sprint rims on Airlite large-flange double-fixed hubs
Chainset Chater Lea 21T inch-pitch chainset on Bayliss Wiley bottom bracket
Pedals Chater Lea with Christophe clips and toe straps
Gears Single speed fixed with 7T sprocket
Brakes N/A
Stem/Bars Chromed steel track bars on Major Taylor adjustable stem
Saddle Brooks B17 Sprinter on 27.2 domed alloy seat pin

Sibbit track RB 2 Sibbit track RB 3
Inch-pitch block chain, sprocket and Chater-Lea chainset

Sibbit track RB 4 bars and stem
Image showing headlugs, fork crown for round forks,
Major Taylor adjustable stem and track bars

Sibbit track RB 6 badge
Jack E Sibbit-475 Stockport Rd  Manchester
Sibbit track RB 5 Airlite
Airlite hub and track ends with facility for wheel adjuster
Sibbit track RB 10 rim
Mavic Montlhery
 sprint rim badge

Jack Sibbit was a well-known track cyclist from the early twenties through to the thirties. He raced all over the UK on hard tracks such as Herne Hill and his local track, Fallowfield in Manchester. He also competed regularly on grass tracks and was to win twelve National Championships at all distances. He was easily identified by his sleeveless jerseys and muscular build.

Sibbit track RB 7 tandem
Jack Sibbit, tandem captain with Dennis Horn as 'stoker' winning one his eight tandem championships
Sibbit track RB 8
'Hard man' Jack positioned second during an international race held at Herne Hill

He finished racing in 1938 and became a track cycling official, poacher turned gamekeeper some may say!  He was British Team Manager for both 1948 and 1949 World Championships in Holland and Denmark.  He produced custom-made cycles at 475 Stockport Road, Manchester from 1946 until his death in November 1950 at the age of 55. It is not known who built the cycles for Jack, or even if he built them himself.