[CR]More on Tape (was: copol gear, etc.

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Cinelli)

From: <ABikie@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2003 07:41:03 EST
To: R.Delmare@Charter.net, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
cc: BruceCumbe@aol.com
Subject: [CR]More on Tape (was: copol gear, etc.

In a message dated 1/22/2003 9:26:26 AM Eastern Standard Time, R.Delmare@Charter.net writes:
>
> Look at the ad index on the last page , under Skethia Design .
> The ad index indicates two Skethia Design ads , cover 2 ( inside front
> cover ) , and page 63 .
> The inside front cover is a full color ad for The Tape . Ad states , "
> . . . light cushion grip helps your hands cope with heat , cold and
> vibration . While its non-slip finish has the good looks of suede , The
> Tape is a durable man-made material . . . keeps its good looks longer .
> . . The Professional touch . "
> The Tape was , " Copyright Skethia Design Company , Marketed By
> Dahltron Corporation " .
> The ad on page 63 ?
> The " no. 1 PUMP " .
> I remember those ! I still have the non-functioning remains of one of
> those , in a box , somewhere .
> " Doubles Inflation! The world's only DOUBLE-ACTION bicycle frame pump.
> no. 1 PUMP Power Strokes In Both Directions Instant And Accurate
> Reading From Built In Gauge "
> Ad states it'll do up to 120 p.s.i. & weighs under 4 ounces .
> The appearance was amazing . The body was clear Lexan polycarbonate
> plastic . You pulled the hose out of the handle , as if it were a really
> old-style British or French pump . But the hose was permanently attached .
> That was the weak point . You had to give the incredibly thin , hard
> plastic , hose , a sharp pull to seat it air tight . It was usually not
> air tight .
> The built in air gauge didn't work very accurately on mine , but it was
> an amazing idea !
> You could actually see the synthetic neoprene O-ring , which formed the
> seal on the piston of the pump . The body of the pump was crystal clear ,
> remember ? There were finely etched lines , with numbers next to them ,
> on that crystal clear body of the pump . When you had pumped up to a
> fairly high pressure , you simply let go of the handle . The piston came
> to rest with the neoprene piston ring indicating a particular pressure .
> What a concept !!
> On page 63 there is no mention of Skethia Design .
> " no. 1 PUMP Dahltron Corporation "
>
> On pages 60 &61 , the big two page spread from Bikecology .
> " No. 1 Pump Amazing 4 1/2 ounce pump that everybody is switching to!
> Available in presta and schrader valve. only $8.99 "
>
> For price comparison , tires ( synthetics again ) from the same ad ,
> quote , Michelin Elan 27 x 1 1/8" Our regular price $ 6.88 only $
> 5.44 700C only $ 7.88 , end of quote .
>
> " Plastic , the wave of the future "
> I'm holding my stash of The Tape here and there's a black cross-out bar of inkover the back of the 4-language pack. One pack had the cross-out a little off registration and Dahltron, Chicago 60626 is evident and Skethia, Philadelphia 19122 is off in the tiny white space left

I'll bring a package as a door prize for San Diego, if in fact, there's enough elbow room and a way to get to and from said door. SF was a little too 'cozy' at times, although the food and company made it great.

I thinnk the heavier rubbery tape was something else- maybe No 1 Tape. It was stretchy and like plumbers tape or sound-deadening putty. We used to use it on bikes that were prone to wheelies.

Cannondale sold perforated leather tape in rolls similar to tennis racket grip.

Larry Black
Mt Airy, Md.