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Old 05-27-05, 10:22 PM
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I think the plastic doohickey is meant to deflect water running down the seat tube so it doesn't muck up your grease and start a rust farm. I never could figure out another purpose for the thing. I went ahead and left mine in. I really really love my Le Tour, and when you think about the money people spend to get a production lugged frame brand new, it's a serious bargain. Mine's set up like a cyclocross bike. I absolutely love it.
As far as I know, they were made in Osaka, Japan by Matsu****a (Panasonic) and only by them, people seem to disagree, but with all due respect I have never seen anything online or otherwise from a reputable source that said they came from anywhere other than Osaka. They were made in the same factory that now does the Quickbeam, among others for Rivendell.
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