Re: [CR] Dawes Red Feather bike

Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:50:56 -0800
From: Steve Whitting <>
To: Peter Brueggeman <>, <>
In-Reply-To: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Dawes Red Feather bike

My (albeit limited) experience with triples as a bicycle mechanic in the mid 1970s was that the better front derailleurs available at the time could handle them well enough, but not necessarily under fast-shifts where they'd often drop the chain off the chainrings.  Maybe acceptable for a tourist, but not something a competitive cyclist wants to contend with in a race. If you live in flat country (as I do), the need for a wide range of gears sort of goes out the window.  My pre-1983 Ciocc has a 47-inch low gear - plenty low for this neck of the woods even for a 55 year-old fart like me. Footnote - more gears aren't necessarily better if the resulting combinations are duplicates or hard-to-get-to-extremes. Steve Whitting

"The Ciocc Cat"

Prairieville, Louisiana USA

Website at

--- On Sat, 2/6/10, Kurt Sperry wrote:

From: Kurt Sperry <> Subject: Re: [CR] Dawes Red Feather bike To: "Peter Brueggeman" <> Cc: Date: Saturday, February 6, 2010, 4:13 PM

What's up with so many English bikes not fitting front derailleurs? Seems like an odd choice to say the least, needlessly limiting the practical utility of the bike. I guess they wanted to make them look like TT racers.

Of course I never understood double chainrings when three would serve 99% of riders better for the same reasoning.

Kurt Sperry Bellingham, Washington USA

On Sat, Feb 6, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Peter Brueggeman <> wrote:
> A "Red Feather" Dawes on UK eBay.
> or
> Nice seat tube graphics!  You can see those interesting pump pegs mentioned,
> which doubled as brake cable stops.
> Peter Brueggeman
> La Jolla California USA
> 4peebee(at)