[CR] Italian bits on French bikes was..French tubes...was top tube cable clips


From: Hughethornton@aol.com
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 17:13:45 EST
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR] Italian bits on French bikes was..French tubes...was top tube cable clips

In a message dated 10/01/2006 20:15:11 GMT Standard Time, nickzz@mindspring.com writes:

Why would any one want to place Italian components on a French bicycle? I have owned 30-40 Italian bicycles and never once thought of using French components on any of them. My one French bicycle was equipped with all French components. Just wondering.

Nick Zatezalo Atlanta,Ga.

When you look at all the French branded bikes that raced so successfully with Italian components (e.g. Gitane w. Campagnolo, Pivo, Cinelli etc - multiple TdF victories), you would think it a very good idea to put Italian bits on French bikes. In the late 40s, when Simplex derailleurs were the best around, it made sense to put them on Italian bikes, as was done with great success.

Hugh Thornton
Cheshire, England