Old 02-12-15, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Well, yours absolutely has the same potential. Nice-looking parts do not have to be expensive. This chain set is a good example. These Nervar sets came on many seventies' mid-range bikes, and were cheap (presumably) copies of the beautiful Stronglight - Simplex sets that the really nice bikes had in the fifties and sixties. (example of the classic Stronglight/Simplex combo)

There is not much love for steel cottered cranks these days, so you should be able to pick up a nice set for next to nothing or even a bike that has them. Remove the chain protector, polish if necessary and presto! Oh, and they ride nice too. Their weight adds a certain smoothness to the pedaling experience that I quite like on a touring bike.

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That's true, I used to have a low-end but good looking cottered crank on this bike. Which I also cleaned. The BB broke one day and I decided to go cotterless and gave the old crank to my local bike charity. You're right I see beautiful cottered cranks for not much ebay.
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