Re: [CR] Universal 68s


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Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 10:39:07 -0400
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From: <oroboyz@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CR] Universal 68s


Chas wrote:

<< My first "pro" bike was a NOS 1971 Gitane Super Corsa that I bought new in 1973. It had a Reynolds 531 frame with all Campy NR components except for Mafac Competition brakes. I got it new for a whopping $150!? ?

I wanted something more sexy than Mafacs. Campy brakes were both hard to find and cost almost more than I paid for the whole bike.? ?

I purchased a set of Universal 68s for about $18. >>

I may have written this here before years ago but I will risk repeating myself.

The first bike shop shop I managed was in 1972, and I had an affluent customer who wanted to buy a set of the "new" Campy brakes. This was an exciting and expensive development in our region, I knew of no one who actually had a set at that time.?

Even though these brakes had been introduced a few years earlier, they were extremely rare and hard to find. I called all the Campagnolo distributors around the country, and no one had them except Mel Pinto Imports in the Wash DC area. The asking wholesale price was $125.00!?

I think they had been advertised via mail order for close to that price ($129.99 at Bikeology I think?), and my customer would not pay the $150 retail (with a whopping $25 total markup to cover shipping, COD fee and minimal profit.)?

So it would be a year longer before I actually had a set in my hands.?

Dale

Dale Brown

Greensboro, North Carolina USA

-----Original Message----- From: verktyg@aol.com To: freitas1@pacbell.net; Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Fri, 15 May 2009 2:37 am Subject: Re: [CR] Universal 68s

My first "pro" bike was a NOS 1971 Gitane Super Corsa that I bought new in 1973. It had a Reynolds 531 frame with all Campy NR components except for Mafac Competition brakes. I got it new for a whopping $150!? ?

I wanted something more sexy than Mafacs. Campy brakes were both hard to find and cost almost more than I paid for the whole bike.? ?

I purchased a set of Universal 68s for about $18. The Universal brake pads were the worst stopping - no, slowing down pads I'd ever used. They didn't stop at all. They were good for rim polishing, that's all!? ?

I switched to red Weinmann 4 block brake pads. They worked a lot better.? ?

Chas. Colerich?

Oakland, CA USA? ?

?

? Cinelli recommended them as they did not hit the DT near the?

shifters , Campy and all others (knock offs clones etc) did damage and?

even dent the DT. 68s swing UNDER the tube? ?

? BOB FREITAS? ?

? bike to work day was quite something , I did not think it was?

possible to ride 40 miles? ?

? MILL VALLEY, CA USA? ?