What!?.. Better looking than a heater hose worm clamp? C'mon! It's stainless steel, nicely finished, has a worm drive, is virtually indestructible. No, it doesn't look retro, but it is absolutely the best way to securely anchor a TA bar-mounted cage! I think it's a BEAUTIFUL mechanical doo-dad.
If the looks really bother you, wrap the clamps in cloth tape, like the racers used to do to keep them from rattling or loosening, and to reduce the chance of cuts in a crash.
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> Ron, et al.:
> My preference, if you can find them, is the handlebar-mount TA cages.
> They're pretty (the Nitto Touring cage is a TA clone), and you don't have
> to worry about scarring the paint when the cage is clamped to the bar. I
> also find the location more convenient.
> BTW, I have a couple NOS TA cages sans clamps, if anyone knows of a
> better-looking clamp than an automotive heater hose worm clamp. The TA
> clamps appear rarely on eBay, and sell for more than I paid for the cages!
> Chris Beyer
> Bloomfield, NJ
> Ron Cooley wrote:
> > Classicists:
> > What's the preferred cage clamp for frames without braze ons? I'm
> > using some unbearably ugly chrome steel things on my Falcon. Is there
> > something nice looking that's also period correct (or at least in the
> > vintage spirit)?
> > Ron