Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Smugglers Notch, Vermont
Bikes: Upright and Recumbent....too many to list, mostly Vintage.
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A little TA info
I've been doing some hunting for a TA crank extractor today and learned some neat stuff I'd like to share.
First off: Mel Pinto Imports - http://www.melpintoimports.com/
he carries the full current line of VAR tools including the double sided VAR TA/Standard crank extractor.
Second: Rene Herse Bicycles....the owner, Mike is really an awesome guy. Eager to help, like to talk bike stuff...a good place to call and order from if you have questions. Also if you don't see something you need on their website just call. They're very helpful.
Third: In talking to Mike he mentioned that TA is gearing up right now as we speak to do a fresh run of Cyclotouriste cranksets. They will be very close in appearance to the Anniversary Cyclotouriste cranksets they produced a few years ago. Prices will likely be insane.
Fourth: The New run of TA Cyclotouriste cranks has been slightly tweaked to give more space between the outer chainring and the inside of the crankarm. The new cranks will also have more space between the chainring and crankarm than the Velo Orange copy of the same. According to Mike, Velo Orange increased that clearance when they made their knock-off and TA has further increased that clearance with the new run of cranks.
Just some stuff I found interesting.