[CR]Now: Campagnolo track pedals Was:"con denti?" who knew

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Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2004 13:50:16 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
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Subject: [CR]Now: Campagnolo track pedals Was:"con denti?" who knew

Marc Garcia wrote:
> I'm sure some of you were watching the campy track pedals that sold last night on ebay for around 350.00 and maybe one of the list members even won them. These pedals were the con denti type which after curing my ignorance with a quick google search found out that this simply means they have "teeth." My question has to do with their scarcity and value. Are most of these con denti pedals in similar condition worth around the same amount as those sold on ebay last night or was there something I'm missing about this particular set. I'm assuming then that these pedals are at least somewhat rare or perhaps are simply in high demand.
> And of course after I stumbled upon this auction I ran out to my garage, pulled the cover off of my raleigh track bike and flashed more teeth in my smile then those on MY toothesome campy con denti pedals.

The Gran Sport pedal (later called Record in 1967) came out in 1956. The Gran Sport (Record) pedal with teeth appears in the 1960 Catalog #14 and the 1967 Catalog #15, but not the 1968 Catalog #16.

I believe they were original equipment on Schwinn Paramount track bikes (and Raleighs?) during that period.

Why is there both a non toothed and toothed version of the Campagnolo track pedal?

Now the following is all conjecture on my part: Toothed caged pedals were traditionally made for riding without toe clips and straps. The teeth would bite into the leather shoe sole to prevent the shoe from slipping on the pedal. I believe the toothed pedals were slow sellers and were offered to Schwinn at a reduced price to help move them and that's why they were spec'd on the Paramount.

So once again, some item that wasn't very popular when new is a hot item decades later with Collectors!

Anyone else have any ideas?

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California