Re: [CR]Nervex lug query

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From: <OROBOYZ@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2001 20:56:48 EDT
Subject: Re: [CR]Nervex lug query
To: jackieosullivan@worldnet.att.net, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 7/5/2001 12:43:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time, jackieosullivan@worldnet.att.net writes:

<< Joe noted that the lugs on the Grand Record lack the characteristic Nervex curl, something I remember wondering--but not obsessing--about.

I wonder if Nervex had an OEM model that fell between the Pro and something called the DuBois, which Dale states was not in the cat. >>

Nervex Props are were indeed messy to clean up.. DuBois are just as bad though. I think the shift to DuBois and other simpler lugs was just part of a stylistic trend and had little to do with difficulty to braze, etc. In fact, Nervex Pros were a cheaper and easier pre-manufactured lug that replicated the handcut lugs of the 1950s and earlier.

What Jackie is saying, and I agree, is that there was a second tier, pseudo Nervex Pro lookalike (probably stamped and easier to use) that were used on Motobecane model Jubilee and Grand Record frames in the early to mid 1970s. I think that is unmistakeable when you examine the lugs carefully. This lug patterns are not shown in any Nervex catalogs I have studied either...

Dale Brown
Greensboro, North Carolina