Re: [CR]Fw: Hexagonal drop-outs on a Gitane

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Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2005 10:28:07 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Fw: Hexagonal drop-outs on a Gitane
References: <000201c53122$3a9bb820$febd7ad5@norris>

Norris Lockley wrote:
> It appears from the Rebour drawing that the hexagonal drop-out was an
> in-house design by the Gitane company, but I reckon that it was probably
> forged by a company such as LG who probably did the same type of work on
> the Vitus fork ends.

Yes, Norris, I'm in total agreement. Made by some outside supplier to Gitane's design just as Tullio Campagnolo's drop-outs were forged by some outside supplier to Tullio's design.

I've got to admire Gitane for doing something so completely different than copying Campagnolo's designs like the rest of the bike industry seemed to be doing! Looks to me like they went to a bee's honeycomb for inspiration on the hexagonal motif.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena CA