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Old 11-12-07, 09:30 PM   #1
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ID Frame Maker: Hearts on Downtube

Which manufacturer puts little embossed hearts on the bottom of the downtube?

I swear I've seen a pic of these somewhere online (probably here), but I can't find it.

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I've got one, a 1977 C.Itoh (Bridgestone/Kabuki). It keeps the clamped cable stop from sliding down. I'd be surprised if it's uncommon on bikes without cable bosses.
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I've got one, a 1977 C.Itoh (Bridgestone/Kabuki). It keeps the clamped cable stop from sliding down. I'd be surprised if it's uncommon on bikes without cable bosses.
It was a common design to have a little 'heart shaped' braze-on to keep the clamp-on DT shifters from going anywhere. My 1979 Nishiki Pro has such a detail.

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At the BOTTOM of the downtube?
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Old 11-13-07, 09:42 AM   #6
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At the BOTTOM of the downtube?
On the underside of the downtube in 2 spots; maybe 4 inches from the head tube, and maybe 3 inches from the BB.

The hearts themselves feel like bumps on the tube, and then there are 2 dots (which are indentations) on each heart, 1 on each half of the heart.
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Here's a picture. You can see the cuts in the paint where the clamp used to be.

edit: specifically, this bike had stem shifters, and a clamped cable stop at the heart.
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Here's a picture. You can see the cuts in the paint where the clamp used to be.
So CG05, if that's what you've got, yup, it's for the DT shifters.

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Thanks, East Hill, that's what I've got on my bike. But it sounds like those are fairly common, and don't signify a specific manufacturer. Oh well.
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