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01-29-09, 02:40 PM
I couldn't find a place to post this so I made a new thread.
And then his home page has lots more to read and look at.
01-29-09, 04:06 PM
Thank you for that! I collect rear derailleurs myself and those sites are fabulous (and they make me very jealous!). One of these days......
This topic prompts me to share a local-to-SF source for old bits, though I doubt you'd find any high-end makers represented.
The Bike Hut, http://www.thebikehut.com (no affiliation, etc), in the shadow of the Bay Bridge, saved my bacon when resurrecting my old Varsity. These guys have several containers full of old/used/dirty Huret, Schwinn, Raleigh, and others' levers, gears, wheels, screws, derailleurs, shifters, etc. I even recall some generic (SunTour?) downtube shifter sets. I see they have a new building (it really is a hut), but I assume they kept all the used parts, which, since they are a "training" facility for mechanics, should continue to be essential for their operation.
You are required to sift through the parts, but you can find a gem. I needed a barrel adjuster for my RD and ended up finding one, then mixing and matching several of the idler wheels and other components to get my worn-out setup back on the road.
Bring rubber gloves unless Grease Monkey chic is your thing.
01-30-09, 03:06 PM
maybe youve already seen this one, but its nice just for reference of the old french stuff http://homepage3.nifty.com/ClassicBicycles/brands/brands.html#MAFAC,
thanks for the other links though!
01-30-09, 03:14 PM
This site is pretty awesome too and the commentary can be humerous