[CR]La Pedale Touristique


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Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2003 07:16:24 -0700
To: John Price <jprice@2-10.com>
From: Jan Heine <heine@mindspring.com>
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]La Pedale Touristique

John,

La Pedale Touristique was started sometime in the 1930s, folded around 1937 or 1938. Some of the people seem to have gone on to Le Cycliste or L'Auto. It was a weekly publication, thin at 8-12 pages. Mostly news about rides, reports on travels (some quite fascinating), a few nice ads, and once in a while, some technical stuff. It took me a long time to find a very incomplete set, at a very high price! I guess it being thin, rather than a "real" magazine, made people not keep it after they were done reading it.

BTW, at the VBQ web site, there is a glossary (http://www.mindspring.com/~heine/bikesite/bikesite/glossary.html) that has some info on things like these.

Jan Heine, Seattle
>Jan,
>
>Until I read VBQ I'd never heard of La Pedale Touristique. I'm guessing
>this is a magazine that no longer exists, correct ? Are old ones hard to
>find ? When were they published ?
>
>John Price
>Denver CO
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Jan Heine [mailto:heine@mindspring.com]
>Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2003 10:56 AM
>To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
>Subject: [CR]How old are square-tapered BBs? Answer...
>
>
>As far as I can ascertain, Stronglight were the first to offer square
>tapered BB spindles (and cranks to go with them) in 1933. In fact,
>this was Stronglight's first product. For detailed quotes, see
>Vintage Bicycle Quarterly No. 4, p. 4-5. These cranks quickly were
>adopted by the French cyclotourists, influenced by the technical
>trials, where these cranks proved their durability and performance.
>
>There may have been others, but Herse is the second French one
>mentioned, introduced in 1938. See VBQ No. 4, p. 16-17.
>
>Together with the alloy cranks (later called 49D), Stronglight also
>introduced a traditional steel crankset for cottered BBs (shown in
>the same ad in La Pedale Touristique quoted above). Racers didn't
>adopt the square tapered spindles until the 1950s, so Stronglight
>probably wanted to capture some of that market, too. I read somewhere
>(Le Cycliste, 1930s?) that the racers' reluctance was due to the
>higher Q factor of the alloy cranks (which by modern standards were
>super-low, but times change).
>
>There were several attempts at splined BB axles. I have a Gnutti
>crankset from the 1950s (?). Anybody got an axle to go with that?
>
>Jan Heine, Seattle
>Editor/Publisher
>Vintage Bicycle Quarterly
>http://www.mindspring.com/~heine/bikesite/bikesite/index.html