Re: [CR]Campy front derailleur question was timeline


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Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2004 15:36:09 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Campy front derailleur question was timeline
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Bob Hovey wrote:
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> One more question... The early bracket with the smooth flat front that was
> used with all the cable-stop derailleurs was carried over for at least a year
> or two of the no cable-stop model, and then (when????) a new, less attractive
> (IMO) bracket was introduced. Was this was the same time the circlips
> appeared?

The body/bracket with the smooth flat front surface was changed around 1973(?) to the one with the projections and circlip at the top pivot. The change was made as an improvement.

The pivot posts had a bad habit of working loose because they weren't supported well enough (I've found failed ones in shop's drawer of failed parts and also have some that were modified with machined steel pivot posts and allen bolts threaded into the posts from the front of the body/bracket).

The first design of a part is esthetically pleasing... then you modify it to fix its failings.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California http://www.velo-retro.com (Campagnolo Timeline, reprints and T-shirts)

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