FLASH! Stop the Presses!
Jerry's notes stimulated me to try to answer these earth-shaking
questions, and ther are New Discoveries! I'll snip some of the other
stuff so you can focus on the insanely important new NEWS!
> Jerry: There was also variation in the pedal thread length as Harvey
> says, and also, they come at least with 15 mm and 16 mm wrench flats
> and maybe another size as well.
Harvey: YUP! I just found a set of obviously (?) very late Berthets,
marked R and L. These have evolved from "flats" to a hex shape (17 mm,
of course). Even more shocking, they have 6 mm. allen key ends like
real, modern pedals. Who would have Thunk It? And, they are NOS. No,
they are real, not a vision from the Beer Fairy.
> Jerry: The big question here is whether, despite variation from
> spindle to spindle, is the spindle used in the Berthets more or less
> the same as used in the 45A, 45D and 460D? since millions of these
> were made, that would make it much easier to replace a Berthet spindle
> by robbing one from a trashed example of one of these ubiquitious models.
Harvey: I'm sorry to puncture the balloon, but Your Dedicated Reporter must tell you that the shafts on the Berthets are at least 1 cm shorter than on the ubiquitous rat-trap models. But you knew that. I didn't take 'em apart, this is just from holding up a Berthet next to several of the Lyotard. May not be true for quill-type Lyotards, but the box didn't reveal any of those. Of course, if you have a machinist friend...
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