RE: [CR]was retrofriction, now Shimano ratcheting

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From: "Steven Willis" <>
To: "'Sheldon Brown'" <>, "'HM & SS Sachs'" <>, "'Classic Rendezvous'" <>
Subject: RE: [CR]was retrofriction, now Shimano ratcheting
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 10:35:08 -0500
In-Reply-To: <p06200700bdfa819ee340@[]>

I still have three Shimano light action for braze on NOS in the bag if anybody wants them. Let me know 10.00 each. Steve

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-----Original Message----- From: [] On Behalf Of Sheldon Brown Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2004 11:14 PM To: HM & SS Sachs; Classic Rendezvous Subject: Re: [CR]was retrofriction, now Shimano ratcheting

Quoth Harvey Sachs:
>At a fairly recent swap meet, a chap walked over and gave me a set
>of NOS Shimano "L422" down-tube shift levers with a rather fine
>ratchet mechanism and much more elegant appearance than my favorite
>SunTour ratcheters. Does anyone know what these are and from when?
>They are pretty good eye-candy, with simple elegance and a slight
>twist to the levers themselves. But, I haven't had a chance to try
>them (no appropriately kitted out bike). I could send pix if there
>is interest in seeing them or knows something about them.

Those sound like "Light Action" levers, probably from 1985, maybe '86. These were briefly sold just before SIS trickled down past the 600EX level. I seem to recall these on Miyata touring bikes at that era.

They were very nice indeed. The matching derailer was not marketed as indexable, but it actually was.

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