> And I don't see how anyone could claim these > ideas were new in 1981 . But I certainly > agree that if all they are claiming is this was > one of the very first triple chainring cranksets > to be used in international-caliber World-class > bicycle racing, well, maybe so...
Right. Signor Pinarello doesn't claim that this is the world's first triple nor eventhe first Campagnolo triple. All he said was "This was the first modern triple chainring used for road racing on this level."
That seems like a distinct possibility, given the value the Italian cycling fraternity places on "manliness". Convincing a Giro winner to ride a triple might have been a real accomplishment in those days - you might as well have tried to convince him to wear women's underwear.
Fred Rednor - with shaved legs but also with men's underwear in Arlington, Virginia