[CR]Questions re: TA specialiste crank

(Example: Framebuilders:Tony Beek)

From: Stephen James <sj52@hotmail.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2008 16:17:05 +0000
Subject: [CR]Questions re: TA specialiste crank

Dear list,

This question actually crosses over into several of the recent threads. Wh en I bought that 1950s Frejus recently, I noticed --with a certain amount of regret-- that it had TA cranks, not the expected Campagnolo pistas. Moreover, it uses 1/2 inch pitch chain, not the expected (for me) inch pitch. I then wondered whether I should convert the bike to a Campy inch-p itch drive train.

Although the bike would have more sentimental value to me as a recreation o f my youth if I converted it, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Sho rtly after, I did some research and found that TA actually made/makes a p ista crank, even one with inch pitch rings, in addition to the "tourist e" and pro v models that I had seen. I was then glad that I had left the T A cranks on.

Now, I am looking around for the appropriate TA pista inch pitch chain-ri ngs. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

It does seem that during the 50s, right after the war, riders wouldn't have had one bike to do training as well as road and track racing. Because the TA "outer" rings from the tourist setup were interchangeable with the pista rings and had a wider variety of options, I have the impression th at riders with limited funds might use TA instead of Campy.

Pardon me for combining the comment/question/request. They seem connected.

Steve James Bx., NY

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