[CR]Chater Lea chainsets

Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

From: "NIGEL LAND" <ndland@btinternet.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
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Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 17:41:08 +0100
cc: kanford@comcast.ne
Subject: [CR]Chater Lea chainsets

Ken, I have just spent a couple of hours extracting a cotter pin from a two arm CL crank. Using the wonderful extractor I bought resulted in the first failure of this device and the pin bent and only responded to extreme measures from a high speed steel drill. I am told by my good friend Peter Brown that it is a pre-war set, having flutes on the outside and inside. The chainset comes from a prewar Arnold Elsegood of York "Minster" frame set that I will have to sell as it is far too small for me. Shame to break such bikes but needs must as my granny used to say.

Nigel Land North Lincs (just 40 miles from York) UK

Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 11:53:59 -0400 From: "Ken Sanford" <kanford@comcast.net> To: <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org> Subject: [CR]Chater Lea chainsets Message-ID: <015501c67e81$1b59aaa0$6601a8c0@D5FSLZ21> Content-Type: text/plain;charset="iso-8859-1" MIME-Version: 1.0 Precedence: list Message: 12

I notice that Chater Lea chainsets come in several varieties, some of which have been discussed in the past. I recently acquired a very nice CL chainset thanks to Martin Coopland that has the oh so elegant two prong configuration with the third attachment point on the chank arm. I see that CL cranks also came in a three prong configuration.

Can someone tell me if these models were made concurrently? If not, which is earlier? Which was more common? Were they for different applications?

I strongly prefer the 2 prong arrangement myself.

Ken Sanford
lots of questions in Kensington, MD