Re: [CR]cottered aluminum cranks

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 13:31:28 -0800
From: "Chuck Schmidt" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]cottered aluminum cranks
References: <> <a052106c6be41a5bc977e@[]> <> <a05210604be4295e1c342@[]>

Chuck Schmidt wrote:
> >What I have heard that was a concern to pro racers was a distrust of
> >aluminum cranks and aluminum bars because of breakage. Steel cranks and
> >steel bars and stems being used right up through the sixties in the pro ranks.

Jan Heine wrote:
> I don't know about reasons in the U.S. to stick with steel cranks. I
> find that the same equipment choices often were due to different
> reasons on different continents.

I think you've misunderstood my comment about "steel bars and stems being used right up through the sixties in the pro ranks" Jan. I don't mean in the U.S., I mean in Europe as there were no "pro ranks" in the U.S. in the sixties.

> In France, the cyclotourists had shown that aluminum cranks were
> durable - often during the same events as the pros, such as the Poly
> de Chanteloup - even on tandems.

I'd question aluminum cranks being "durable" enough for pro use in the mid 1930s to the mid 1950s in the big tours of those periods; the TdF, GdI or Vuelta.

> Of course, racers always have been slow to be persuaded that
> "unfashionable" equipment might be as good or better. But I find that
> more often than not, what seems like stupidity or backwardness to us
> from a vantage point 50+ years later, in fact was done for good
> reasons. The racers weren't stupid, and their bikes were their tools
> of the trade.

Yes, I agree, and pro racers slow acceptance of alloy cranks was probably done for, like you say, "good reasons."

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern California