[CR]major taylor and removal seatstays

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Date: Wed, 2 Nov 2005 19:05:45 -0600
From: Tom Hayes <hayesbikes@gmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]major taylor and removal seatstays

Is a Major Taylor stem a specific stem in the sense that it is branded as such? Or does Major Taylor have a generic application to a certain type of stem? Or I suppose are they both?

I ask because I just picked up one that was sold to me as a Major Taylor, but there are no engravings on it indicating it as such. It does, however, have enough surface rust on it to obliterate any engraving.

Coming with the stem, or more accurately I suspect, the stem came on a trac k frame which has the facility (or hazard perhaps) of removable seatstays. They are attached by the seattube tightening bolt and at the fork ends. Wer e these bikes ridden without the seatstays? Was there a supposed advantage in having the seatstays removed?

Thank you for any information.

Tom Hayes
Chagrin Falls, Ohio