[CR]Huret Dropout Screw Failure ??

(Example: Production Builders:Frejus)

From: Donald Gillies <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 18:10:10 -0800 (PST)
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Huret Dropout Screw Failure ??

I have a raleigh competition with moderate rust. It was purchased in 1974, crashed in 1975, and hasn't really been ridden in 30 years.

In the process of dissassembling everything to send it out for a tube replacement, i chanced to remove the huret dropout adjusters from the huret dropouts.

Strangely, the slide right out without any screwing action required (I think i actually bumped them and they repositioned themselves right away.) They are not bent and there is no damage in this area of the bike.

What gives ?? These look like the originals, they are the same as the ones on the alex singer bike here :


What gives ?? Is this a common problem with adjustable huret dropouts ? Both sides seem to do this ...

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA