Re: [Classicrendezvous] S-A dead (was: Brooks Saddles are Back. . .)


From: "John Quigley" <eurocycle@hotmail.com>
To: moos@penn.com, monkey37@bluemarble.net
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] S-A dead (was: Brooks Saddles are Back. . .)
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 13:57:16 CST


Yes, very sad about Sturmey-Archer. But, just like Elvis, It shall live forever in our hearts.....


>From: Jerry Moos <moos@penn.com>
>To: Monkeyman <monkey37@bluemarble.net>
>CC: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
>Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] S-A dead (was: Brooks Saddles are Back. .
>.)
>Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 14:27:29 -0500
>
>I think most of us regret the passing of S-A, I just think everyone is
>relieved
>that Brooks didn't in the end go down with them, particularly as it looked
>very
>bleak for Brooks there for a while Another factor is that, although a
>sizeable
>percentage of the members use S-A hubs, nearly every one of us uses Brooks
>saddles. Also, Rohloff, Shimano and perhaps others still make high quality
>gear
>hubs, while Brooks seems to have been the last maker of high quality
>leather
>saddles left in the world. Whatever their past glories, one probably
>couldn't
>say that at the end S-A still made the finest gear hubs in the world.
>Brooks
>does make the finest saddles. So I think a moment of silence is indeed in
>order
>for S-A, but also a collective sigh of relief for Brooks. BTW, I exchange
>email
>with some guys in UK who are not on the list, and many of them are not
>convinced
>that Brooks is yet home and dry. One LBS guy in UK commented that we in
>the
>States seem to have more information on Brooks' status than he does.
>
>Regards,
>
>Jerry Moos, commuting in t
>
>Monkeyman wrote:
>
> > >>We're delighted to be able, once again, to offer the finest saddles in
>the
> > >>world. Note that the B-17 Champion Special, the B-17 Titanium and the
> > >>Swallow (black) were backordered, and are not expected until
> > >>January. Most other models are in stock.
> > >
> > >
> > >This is very promising. Note the backorders (things most in demand) are
>for
> > >Brooks' most expensive items. The prospect of the company's top models
> > >getting the highest markups should let Brooks fans breathe a little
>easier.
> >
> > Maybe I'm one of the few that cares, but nobody has posted about the
>fact
> > that Sturmey Archer is DEAD, GONE, LIQUIDATED. . . Yes some of the
>tooling
> > may be going to Asia but will they be making the same stuff? Don't get
>me
> > wrong I like Brooks saddles and believe that they were saved in the 11th
> > hour is great. Only I think the loss of S-A throws a huge shadow over
>the
> > whole deal. S-A was one of the oldest cycling oriented companies in the
> > world and this loss deserves a moment of silence. . .
> >
> > . . . If any company deserves the title classic, Sturmey-Archer does.
> > Maybe I'm just an internal gear freak, maybe I'm nostalgic, or maybe
> > everyone is in shock. I see this as one of the saddest things to happen
>to
> > the bicycle industry in a long time. Anyway I just felt I needed to
>post
> > about something that's being left out of all the happy "Brooks is back"
> > discussion.
> >
> > wearing a black band,
> > Brandon Ives
> >
> > Brandon and Mitzi's-- "Wurld uv Wunder"
> > http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~capybara/
> >
> > !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> > Nobody can do everything,
> > but if everybody did something
> > everything would get done.
> > -Gil Scott Heron-
> > !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!