[CR]Burning Simplex Memories

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

From: "jack taylor" <wayofftheback@hotmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2001 20:27:56 -0600
Subject: [CR]Burning Simplex Memories


IIRC the Simplex derailleur known as "The Criterium" featured an aluminum allow pulley cage and pulleys with ball bearings. This was the black silver mode found on yer PX-10e, Gitane Tour de France, and (greatest of all French bikes) apple/lime green Meral. The Simplex Prestige featured a stamped steel cage and pulleys with bushings. Apparently this stamped steel wasn't as rigid as the aluminum cage.

There was also a plastic bodied LJ rear model from the mid seventies. It came with plastic retro-friction levels.

Question: Is there any way to fix a Simplex Competition front derailleur (the plastic parallelogram model found on you 1976-78 Px-10e and PX-10le type bikes), the plastic body of which has cracked neatly at the hinge?


John "Has the repainted Meral up and running but with a LJ 5500 rear derailleur and I don't which metal metal LJ in front, but darn bike drew lots of compliments until people realized it weighs about 26lbs+ with fenders but it is a 62cm frame with huge cool tires, so cut it some slack, OK?" Taglia

Chicago, dark and 50s