Re: [CR]Another Expensive Old Part on E-bay - now earlyStronglight 49D

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Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2001 10:42:06 -0700
To: Hilary Stone <>, <>, <>, <>
From: "Bicycle Classics inc" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Another Expensive Old Part on E-bay - now earlyStronglight 49D

The 49D crank on ebay features the chainring that is extensively shown in illustrations in the Alex Singer catalog from around 1948. If one was to replicate such a bike today, having this crank is a critical item. In fact, the 1952 Singer sitting in front of me wants that crank - but alas, $1,000 to get the right chainring is too rich for my blood. Considering the street value of such a bike in Japan, the crank price is precisely where it should be given its scarcity. Mike Kone, Bicycle Classics inc. in sunny but cold Boulder Colorado.

At 07:55 AM 12/13/01 +0000, Hilary Stone wrote:
>I must admit I am surprised that this chainset has gone so high but it is
>very sweet.. However it is not a straight Stronglight 49D chainset. The
>rings are some special ones whether these are made by Stronglight or someone
>else I am not certain. They do not appear to be the standard pattern
>Stronglight 49D ring but I am not really certain what an early double ring
>should look like. I have plenty of illustrations of early Stronglight 49D
>chainsets right back to 1938 - 49 in this case does not indicate year of
>introduction. Stronglight did make some special rings for at least one
>French manuafacturer, Caminargent. I have pictures of the single rings made
>for Caminargent but none of doubles and these do appear to have some similar
>Hilary Stone, its dark now at 7.30 in the morning, Bristol
>KEN TODA wrote:
>> It is an interesting ebay auction.
>> <<blah
>> 1) Bikenut (Matthew Gorski) and ex-member Ken Denny are among bidders (22
>> bids).
>> 2) Among those US bidder, all rest are Japanese bidders.
>> 3) Seller says as of 660.00 the "Reserve Not Met", how mauch he wants???
>> 4) I think those "French" parts are way overheated, what is so great about
>> this??