Re: [CR]Simplex prestige/criterium

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Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 21:03:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Ted E. Baer" <wickedsky@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Simplex prestige/criterium
To: Jay Sexton <jvs@sonic.net>, Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <41426DF5.8010700@sonic.net>


Hi Jay,

This is a Simplex "Prestige/Criterium 537" derailleur according to page 198 of "The Dancing Chain" by Frank Berto, Ron Shepherd, and Raymond Henry (c. 2000).

According to the text in the book, these derailleurs were first manufactured in 1966. I think they were very short lived and replaced with the "Criterium" that we all know (black script on silver back-ground.)

I have had a few of these "blue-band" 537's, and had hoped to win this one. Oh well.

Another note on this derailleur: the internal fittings for the pivot points (spring covers, springs, do not seem to fit the other Prestige models.)

Can anyone verify if this was the correct rear derailleur that came standard on a 1966 PX-10?

Ted Baer
Palo Alto, CA


--- Jay Sexton wrote:


> I'm confused. You all are calling this derailleur a
> Criterium when I
> saw with my very own eyes Prestige on the back of
> the derailleur. Which
> is it?
>
> Ironic, I had the chance to buy this der. The
> seller is a friend of
> mine and we were looking at it moments before he put
> it on e-bay. Being
> ignorant of Simplex, I declined to buy it. Now I
> find out that
> apparently it is a desireable derailleur. jeez
> louise.
>
> Jay Sexton
> Sebastopol, CA
>
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