Re: [CR]Rearward opening rear "Drop-out".


Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2006 19:42:52 -0700
From: "Kurt Sperry" <haxixe@gmail.com>
To: "Fred Rafael Rednor" <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Rearward opening rear "Drop-out".
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I could've sworn someone told me a reason 35 years ago why track ends face rearward. I can't recall it making sense at the time either. They seem stupid as far as I can tell.

Kurt Sperry Bellingham WA USA

On 10/19/06, Fred Rafael Rednor <fred_rednor@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> Here we go again!!!
> I'll just add this. (Well, I'll re-add it, since I know I've
> said it before.)
>
> Fausto Coppi's track bikes used standard, road style,
> horizontal dropouts. Perhaps not all of them, but if you take
> a look at some old photos, it will be clear that he did race on
> the track with horizontal dropouts.
>
> To me, it's surprising that Fausto's imprimatur didn't help
> make them popular with track racers ages ago.
> Cheers,
> Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
>
> --- Sheldon Brown <CaptBike@sheldonbrown.com> wrote:
>
> > Joe King wrote:
> > >Really a very simple reason for track ends they give you a
> > greater
> > >range of gear ratios than road drop outs I would have
> > thought this was
> > >self evident to any cyclist?
> >
> > That is an issue of the length of the slots, not whether they
> > open at
> > the front or the back.
> >
> > Sheldon "1010" Brown
> >
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