Interesting that you mrentioned that tape was used to mark the position of the seat tube. The bike I just picked up had tape on the seat tube and I could not figure out why it was there - now I know - thank you,
Mike Short, Austin TX.
On Sat, 10 Apr 2004 19:14:33 -0800 Chuck Schmidt
> Toni Theilmeier wrote:
> > Well, Chuck,
> > you write that most pro riders used handlebar tape to fix brake
> cables to tup tubes in the very old days.
> > Thing is, there were much nicer and much more functional things
> around even in the thirties, like rubber straps that could be undone
> in a sec, or the famous Rosa metal clips that were even available
> specially made for small dia dual cyclo gear cables on one side and
> a fatter brake cable on the other, all in one clip.
> > Can´t think why they should not have used them but stuck to sticky
> tape. Matter of fact, you do see those things on old photos, too.
> > Regards, Toni Theilmeier, Belm, Germany.
> I think a pro race mechanic from the 1950s and before would tell you
> that taping the cable housing to the top tube was fast (easy to do)
> and functional.
> There was a whole "tape culture" with the pro race mechanics back
> (judged solely from photos and Rebour drawings). They taped the
> of the toe clips, the fastener that attached the toe strap buckle to
> toe strap, the folded over end of the toe strap, the brackets that
> the gonfleur (CO2 cylinder) to the frame and the gonfleur too, the
> bottom of the handlebar water bottle cage to silence the rattling of
> aluminum bottle, the bottle cage screws, the seat post and stem to
> their positions, the brake cables where they emerged from the brake
> bodies, the brake hoods, and the brake levers themselves. Sticky
> to the rescue...
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, Southern California