A freewheel a day, tens guys per team, maybe twenty three days... let's assume they pay fifty bucks for each freewheel, that's $11,500 worth of hardware. Back then, I think team budgets were maybe a few million a year. To paraphrase Senator Proxmire, "ten thousand here, tenthousand there, suddenly we're talking about a lot of money." Not that they couldn't have afforded to use that stuff, since they probably could get by on a freewheel a week pretty easily, and Campy might well have picked up the tab. I just get the impression that alloy cogs do not help when it comes to being able to swap all wheels among all bikes, as is necessary in that arena.
> Tom Dalton wrote:
> > The question is, did this item ever see use by
> > professional riders when it was current? I would
> > that it was not considered servicable in that
> > environment where cogs and chains must all be
> > relatively new so that they can be interchanged
> > without concerns over proper meshing.
> I talked with a TdF mechanic in the 1980s and he
> told me they were given
> gratis a crate of Sedis sport chains to use and a
> nice wood box (Service
> Course) with Maillard 700 freewheels and cogs. For
> about a ten year
> span the TdF winner was on Sedis and Maillard
> regardless of the country
> of origin of the bike (France, Italy, England, US).
> They used a new
> chain every day and I guess freewheel too.
> Using a new Campagnolo aluminum alloy freewheel
> every day in the TdF
> would be a small amount of money for a professional
> racing team compared
> to the overall costs of fielding a team.
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, California
> http://www.velo-retro.com (reprints and T-shirts)
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