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Old 01-07-22, 05:30 AM
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My late-50s/early-60s Frejus TdF originally had full housing for the derailleurs. When I got it the previous owner had cobbled together some combination of barrel adjusters and funny little ferrules to eliminate most of it. I returned it to stock. The shifter housing is definitely smaller diameter than the brake housing. (Fortunately, it appears Schwinn bought similar housing from Huret that matches the brake housing (a small crosshatch detail), so I was able to get pretty good matchy matchy.

I don't have any good photos of that part of the bike, but in this shot you can see that the "cable stop" on the drive side chainstay isn't a stop at all. It just guides the housing to the real stop on the derailleur.

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