Re: [CR]Ideale model 134


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From: Ken Wehrenberg <wnwires@htc.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Ideale model 134
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2008 17:13:01 -0600
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


Dirk stated: There's a later even more weird model named "Columbia" with a Space Shuttle logo...

It seems that the French had a fixation on some things "NASA". The last products of some of the great names in French componentry come to mind like the CLB SpaceLine brakes. They had an advertising slogan which, translated loosely : uber lightweight material from elsewhere.

Near the end of Ideale, there were several models, including a Ti one that, like the very last Mafac centerpulls were very modern and well thought out. Somewhere in my frequently-moved files I have that info from LeCycle. In today's rando fashion market, who knows, perhaps Mafac might have survived. I know properly adjusted Mafacs can compare quite favorably to even the best of modern dual pivots as I am always amazed at the stopping power of a loaded 1970s Gitane tourer with racks, fenders and luggage. Plus, those last Mafacs sure look better than the crude by comparison style of the modern Pauls, IMHO.

Ken Wehrenberg, Hermann, MO USA-- site of today's MO state cyclocross championships; sunny, windy, but absolutely freezing