To clarify the differences, the 60s/70s levers were steel under those rubber covers. The knob side was 3-piece, plastic wing nut w/ brass nut connected to a round steel knob which is held in place by a pressure spring.
The 50s levers use the funky steel knob w/ Frankensteinish bolts. The rear 50s lever and cover are slightly larger than the 60s model and the axles are all chrome. Scott still in St.Paul
> WOW! And I was happy to get $113.50 for my rubber
> covered '70's skewers
> on e-bay a couple of weeks ago. BTW, I was certain
> that mine were still
> steel under the rubber, not the plastic mentioned
> Richard Rose (Toledo, Ohio)
> Combing the Midwest in search of Simplex stuff to
> sell on e-bay. (it
> beats working!)
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> Subject: Re: [CR]Simplex Skewer question
> The 1950s Simplex skewers had metal knobs and did
> use rubber covers, as pictured in my auction.
> Sometime in the 1960s, Simplex changed to
> plastic/metal 3-piece knobs and rubber covered
> as can be found on Peugeot PX10s. These rubber
> often either fell off or were taken off by racers to
> save weight. My guess is that the rubber covers were
> introduced at the same time as the plastic knobs.
> Scott in colder St. Paul. Keep those simplex
> derailleurs burning....
> --- ELandpapa@aol.com wrote:
> > No: I own a couple of pairs from the late 60s
> > 70s that don't have
> > rubber covers.
> > Ed Landreth, Norfolk, Va.
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