Re: [CR]Equipping an 81 Eisentraut

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Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2006 02:43:53 -0800 (PST)
From: "Thomas Adams" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Equipping an 81 Eisentraut
To: John S <>,
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John S <> wrote: Want to solicit "The List's" input on how to equip a 1981 Eisentraut.

After all the discussion about lugs, this is a beautifully filet brazed frame with stylish Eisentraut BB shell and interesting sort-of Legnano-style seat pin bolt. Per Ed Litton, each bolt was machined custom.

Photos on wooljersey:

Here's the concept: I want to equip it with period 1981 USA made (or brand) compoents or French. No Italian, no British, just USA and French. I also want super light weitht and some annodized components gold, red or black.

For USA I've got Specialized stuff (HS, bar/stem, beautiful cranks, pedals) - USA brand, but not made. I've got Phil (Hubs, CHP pedals). I've got a pair of Weyless hubs.

French is easier - Huret Jubilee, Simplex shift levers, gold Mavic stem with French Milremo bars, Velox plugs.

Difficult stuff is saddle, seat post, brakes (must be sidepull). What do you suggest? -- John Siemsen San Luis Obispo, CA

Saddle: Avocet, either touring or racing. The touring saddle had the famous anatomical padding that made two bumps in the top for your sit bones. The racing version had no bumps but the same comfortable shell. There were three grades, the "I" was the basic, the "II" had a firmer base and padding for longer distances (the Touring II is my favorite), and the "III" had alloy rails for lightness. The "III" was reasonably sturdy, as long as you aren't on the north side of 200 pounds. Italian made, but a US brand. A Racing or Touring III would fit your intent, I think, but they are hard to find now.

Seatpost: Again, Avocet had a post out somwhere in this time. I also think American Classic hit the market early in the 80's. I've been told the Avocet would sometimes break the adjusting bolts, especially for a heavy rider. It was one of the first two bolt seatposts with bottom acess to the bolt heads.

Brakes: Mavic badged Modolo's or CLBs are about all the sidepulls I can think of that existed in that time frame and are neither japanese or italian. If you go back in time some, then GBs and other British brands might suit, but I don't know if they will fit the frame, as I suspect the 'Traut might be either for recessed bolts and/or short reach arms.

Good hunting.

Tom Adams, Shrewsbury NJ

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