Old 08-09-21, 12:04 PM
John E
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Bikes: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo; 1960 Capo Sieger (2); 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse; 1970 Peugeot UO-8; 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia; 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10;

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I notice the rear derailleur replacement/upgrade/modernization of the second specimen's rear derailleur. The original units were some of the worst derailleurs available in 1960, and the only reason Keith Kingbay chose them for the Varsinentals is that they were $1.27 cheaper than the Huret Allvit. There was a great story in "The Dancing Chain" about Kingbay getting the Huret brothers drunk at a Chicago steak house, and having Roger Huret agree to meet Lucien Juy's price. By 1962, the Continentals no longer had suicide front shift and bandspring/chain rear shift, but had moved at least slightly into the modern era. Center pull brakes came in around that time (Schwinn experts can correct me on that, as well). What I really liked about the original 3-bolt crank spider was that it took standard SImplex 3-to-6 adapters, allowing numerous chainring combinations and options, although the original half-step (50-47 on the Varsity, 52-49 on the Conti) wasn't too bad.
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." --Theodore Roosevelt
Capo: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger (2), S/N 42624, 42597
Carlton: 1962 Franco Suisse, S/N K7911
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1982 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
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