Re: [CR]French parts-what's worth hanging onto?

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Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2004 16:27:42 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]French parts-what's worth hanging onto?
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HM & SS Sachs wrote:
> John Lima wrote:
> Hi all,
> I recently acquired a former bicycle mechanic's stash
> of mostly late 70's-mid 80's French parts. Upon
> sorting through all this stuff, I've found some pairs
> of Mafac brake levers, some with black plastic and a
> pair that's all aluminum (presumably the hoods are to
> be added?). I'm planning on saving most of the pieces
> for that "perfect" French frame.
> My question is: which Mafac brake levers are the
> "better" pair?
> If anyone has any general advice about ID-ing the
> different levels of Mafac parts, ie; like Campy SR &
> NR differences, it would be greatly appreciated!
> #######
> We've used the black (and the white) plastic levers as well as the all-aluminum versions. I'm confident that the plastic are later -- but also lighter (which matters to Thom. Adams, eh?). I suspect that the plastic ones were specified on less expensive bikes, but I prefer them for not needing the ratty Mafac hoods, and their very nice cable adjusters. Have had no problems with either version.
> harvey sachs
> mcLean VA

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The levers are called Promotion <<perfo>> (drilled). No hoods, stainless clamps, plastic bodies and adjusters, clear anodized and drilled levers. Designed for extra light weight and perfectly comfortable without any rubber hoods.

I've seen them used on late 1970s Peugeot team bikes for the mountain stages of the Tour de France.

Santana (tandem manufacturer) had LOTS AND LOTS of them sitting around the factory in the late 1980s. They sent them out with the scrap for recycling along with TONS of the MAFAC cantilevers brakes back then. I wound up with rolls and rolls of the cool aluminum brake housing for use on my French bikes.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California ¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,¸,+°´°+,

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California