Re: [CR]Derailleur NR vs Simplex


Example: Framebuilders:Rene Herse

From: "kohl57@starpower.net" <kohl57@starpower.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Derailleur NR vs Simplex
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 11:14:30 -0500


This thread is most edifying to one such as myself almost wholly ignorant (and perhaps blissfully so) of derailleur gears.

Perhaps anxious to test all these theories, all three of my current "projects" are derailleur-fitted machines: a '79 Raleigh Competition with Campagnolo Gran Sport, a '73(ish) Peugeot PX-10 with Simplex (not yet arrived thanks to UPS) and a '61 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix with Cyclo-Benelux Mk. 7. I suspect you all laugh at the latter but there you have it.

I was surprised some viewed with distain the Simplex Tour de France derailleur of the '50s which, like the Cyclo, was of the original design with the flat spring and chain. I thought the TdF was one of the "greats" and very collectible.

Anyway, my Comp GS should be on the road this weekend and after some 40 years of cycling I can finally extoll in the knowledge I am riding a "Campy" equipped bike! So something to look forward to.

Oh, if after testing all of the above, I find that the finest cycle gear ever created remains the Sturmey Archer FC hub, I'll keep it to myself.

Peter Kohler Washington DC USA

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