Re: [CR]NOS adjustable Titan stem


Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor

In-Reply-To: <B6A556A3.219F%roydrink@mac.com>
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Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2001 13:59:40 -0500
To: "Roy H. Drinkwater" <roydrink@mac.com>, classic list <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: Sheldon Brown <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]NOS adjustable Titan stem


John D wrote:
> > This looks kinda cool. Are they rare? John Dunn in Napa Valley
>>
>
> > http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1111132315#DESC

Roy H. Drinkwater replied:
> Any type of adjustable stem is rare, I've only seen two of the 3ttt
>stems on ebay in the last 3 years (just picked up a Look Ergo stem @
>Westminister). This Titan is a track stem (steel) with a greater angle (80
>degrees?) to drop the bars further. I don't remember reading anywhere that
>Major Taylor invented adjustable stems... though his bike at the Museum in
>Somerville, NJ has one.

Yep, this type of stem is sometimes called a "Major Taylor outrigger."

Note that Titan bars/stems generally use a non-standard 27 mm handlebar clamp diameter, so, at least their road stems only work with their bars.

Titan was the state-of-the-art rig in the late '50s-early '60s until Cinelli came on the scene. I've got a couple of 'em. One came on my '61 Paramount, t'other came on a late '50s La Perle I bought used 25 years ago or so and later gave to my sister. (Jacques Anquetil rode La Perle bikes for at least part of his career.)

Sheldon "My Connection To The First 5-Timer" Brown Newtonville, Massachusetts +--------------------------------------------------------+ | I should have taken fewer courses in metallurgy and | | more courses in marketing. --Albert Eisentraut | +--------------------------------------------------------+


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>Roy "too old for track" Drinkwater
>Lititz, PA
>
>p.s. My wife Janet's great uncle was Tom Cooper who raced against Major
>Taylor!