Marcus Helman wrote: "Following that logic, all frames built of 531 are Bri tish. And with that, I nudge the thread a bit closer to being on-topic."
That, Marcus, is a very valid point. I disagree however on the use of bar e nd plugs of cork as being off-topic. Whilst I admit that my presentation of the subject was a mite trivial, the issue is real. Many people raced bikes back in the day with corks as bar end plugs. Maybe not Anquetil, Coppi or others, but at still very competitive level, on on topic lightweight racers , you find cork in the ends of the drops. That one should want to ignore th e issue as non-noble and pay a fortune for Philippe lead barplugs to stick on demi-course Peugeots, I can understand, but it doesn't change the fact o f cork use one iota :)
Best regards Nick March, Agen, 47000, Lot et Garonne, France