Re: [CR]3Rensho lug thinning

(Example: Component Manufacturers)

Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 08:55:35 -0400
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "John Betmanis" <johnb@oxford.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]3Rensho lug thinning
In-Reply-To: <52ab07b677198a22a97f2b3251616cc9@comcast.net>


At 07:43 PM 05/09/2007 -0400, Bianca Pratorius wrote:
>I am pleased with the seat lug and bottom
>bracket but every day I ride the bike I am shocked and dismayed by the
>two headtube lugs. They look like they were done by another builder.
>The bike is beautiful in every way except for these two damn lugs.

Obviously this is a great source of irritation. There's probably a logical explanation, such as the head lugs were another worker's responsibility who never got the job done and the frame went to painting the next day. Clearly a lapse in quality control. I have a similar flaw on my Nishiki Ultimate frame where the "gusset" on the top head lug could have been filed out, a minute's work, but was left untouched, and it irks me every time I look at it. I could see something like that being left on a frame produced in the thousands each year, but this was a limited production high end model.

I'd say go ahead and fix it before repainting if you are up to it, and it appears that you can master these things.

John Betmanis
Woodstock, Ontario
Canada