Re: [Classicrendezvous] GB bars

From: "Donald Dundee" <>
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] GB bars
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:12:22 EST

Firstly, please sign your first and last name to your posts so that we know who you are.

Secondly, there is no such thing as aluminum fatigue, or fatigue of any other metal for that matter, unless subject metal has been stressed to some degree beyond it's elastic limit, or subjected to excessive temperatures such that its molecular structure has been permanently altered, resulting in a modification of that metal's performance characteristics.

The bars photographed are GB Tourmalet, although I would argue that the Ventoux model is quite a bit more difficult to find. Both were produced from the 60's through early 70's. they featured an internal reinforcing sleeve housed within the center bulge section.

Ken Denny Boston, MA

>From: Monkeyman <>
>Subject: [Classicrendezvous] GB bars
>Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 09:46:31 -0700
>I was putting my Raleigh Lenton Gran Prix together for a nice classic rider
>and was going to put a GB bar and stem on the bike. I was looking at Dale's
>page later in the day and saw my bars
><>. Dale's page says, "The most
>sought after GB bar variation?", what is this bar? should it be used as
>barter fodder and not put on a "rider"? What should I do?
>While on the subject of bars do you folks on the list use old bars on your
>riders? I was thinking of aluminum fatigue and bar breakage on bars 10+
>years old and was thinking many of us are riding arould on "unsafe" bars.
>When I'm at work I recommend people replace their bars every 3-5 years but
>most of these people put 20000+ miles on these a year, I know some of you
>on the list put these many miles on your "classic" bikes. So I want to
>know what you do about bars? NOS, used, modern?
>Brandon a.k.a. monkeyman
>sunny 60degree Santa Barbara, Calif
>Brandon and Mitzi's-- "Wurld uv Wunder"
>Nobody can do everything,
>but if everybody did something
>everything would get done.
> -Gil Scott Heron-