Jack Sibbit 'Special' track bike
Posted: Thursday 13th August 2020
|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|
|Stem/Bars||Chromed steel track bars on Major Taylor adjustable stem|
|Saddle||Brooks B17 Sprinter on 27.2 domed alloy seat pin|
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.
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.