Mark Bulgier wrote:
> John Thompson wrote [snipped]:
>> I used to have an old "Velital" Italian city bike with a narrow,
>> brazed steel flat bar/stem. It was quite narrow -- probably 35cm
>> at most, with no back sweep. The stem had no forward reach, but
>> was brazed to a somewhat semi-circular piece that swept
>> forward. Very short, straight pieces extended out from there
>> for the hand rests and brake levers. The brake levers were brazed
>> onto the bars as well.
> This must be the very bar or one very much like it:
> Or http://tinyurl.com/
> These are listed in The Data Book (p.186) as 1955, but I saw them in
> Firenze on a bike that must have been ten years younger than that. No
> doubt the design hung around for a while. A classic beauty IMO.
Yup; that's it! I never knew who made them. Wish I still had them, too.
-John Thompson (email@example.com)
Appleton WI USA