Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Stronglight 49D crank design

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From: "David Goerndt" <>
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Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Re: Stronglight 49D crank design
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2000 17:53:44 -0500

Re: Stronglight 49D crank design

> The Stronglight 49D design goes back to pre-war days. Constrictor first
> catalogued it in 1938 but I think I remember it being said to be a year or
> two older than that. And it wasn't just catalogued and not produced I have a
> 49D right arm which is stamped Conloy on the back. Conloy was Constrictor's
> trade name they applied to any aluminium alloy parts they marketed or made.
> After WWII imports did not start to come in again in Britain until 1950 and
> the importers were then Fonteyn and not Constrictor. Stronglight had a 5-pin
> cotterless steel crankset design out in the early 30s ­ 1933 ore so.
> The Stronglight 49D crankset remained current right into the 1980s ­ the
> other designs from Stronglight were far less suitable for touring.
> Hilary Stone


Thank you for clearing that up. Was it always listed as that model number? It seems Stronglight's designs borrowed bits from previous designs and gave them a new model number, as an example, the model 57's arm is carried over to the model 63 with new chainrings, then the arm is redesigned and called the 93 using the same rings as the 63.

David Goerndt