Old 01-26-18, 08:59 AM
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fantom asked about situations where using a "common" part was an advantage. Once I was glad to have a "common" steel frame when the braze snapped at the dropout/chainstay. The "village smithy" in Booneville KY was able to fix it with his brazing torch.

Twice I was able to replace rather uncommon parts on the road. Back in 1968 I snapped a Campagnolo crank on a trip in Saginaw MI. One of the few sources for a Campy crank in the 60's was a mail order catalog called "Gene Portuesi's Cyclopedia" in Detroit. Well, inspired by the newly composed Simon and Garfunkel lyrics I "hitchhiked from Saginaw" (I actually took the bus) to Detroit and bought a new crank! On a subsequent trip I broke a TA crank in rural Colorado. Was able to fit a Shimano replacement crankset from a small town bike shop.
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