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Old 09-10-08, 06:26 AM
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Harris Cyclery Removing Obsolete Information

This was a reply to a thread in another forum, I'm cross posting as a new topic here.

I was disturbed to discover today that Harris has begun to remove the obsolete information from their parts pages.

I was going to add a link on one of my pages to Harris' obsolete Sugino (N/A) Bottom Bracket information only to discover that they had removed all specifications except for the two spindles that they still sell. All of the information was there yesterday.

Fortunately, I have an archive of the previous page. If you have archived any of Harris' or Sheldon's pages I suggest you back them up and keep them safe.
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I don't personally think it's a big deal. The "parts" page is the business part of the site, so it makes sense to keep those pages restricted mostly to things they expect to have in stock at some point. I think it would be good if they made an "obsolete parts" page in dedication to Sheldon's years of work, but I can understand removing part descriptions they'll never sell again.

I don't think they'll ever touch Sheldon's articles, or they'll hear a hellacious fury from the cycling community. Still, it's a good idea for people to archive them - you never know when data loss will happen, and those pages are a treasure.
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Old 09-10-08, 07:54 AM
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There is always the internet archive (WAYBACK MACHINE)

http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://sheldonbrown.com/
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Old 09-10-08, 08:11 AM
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Is the information you are looking for on this page? Specifically the chart under "Japanese Bottom Bracket Spindles, Traditional Cup And Cone Type":

http://sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html
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Originally Posted by krome View Post
Is the information you are looking for on this page? Specifically the chart under "Japanese Bottom Bracket Spindles, Traditional Cup And Cone Type":

http://sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html
That's it. Maybe Harris is just cleaning out redundant information. Still, I don't see the problem with leaving it on the parts pages.

If you're Googling a part number and land on their page you might be more inclined to find a substitution among their offerings and order it from them.

As it is, many of the the Sugino parts have a three or four character designation, ending in a "B" (Harris hyphenated them but it's not that way on the part). Sheldon's generic list uses only two or three of those characters without the "B". You'd never find Sheldon's page in a search for your Sugino part. I think it's a dumb move on Harris' part but then I'm feeling exceptionally grumpy today.
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As it is, many of the the Sugino parts have a three or four character designation, ending in a "B" (Harris hyphenated them but it's not that way on the part).
On the store page, it says that the "B" means bolt (some old BB spindles have a threaded portion on the end sticking out for a nut).

I think they don't want them on the store page because it will lead to inquiries about a part that is no longer available.
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Old 09-10-08, 12:08 PM
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It's really no big deal - the 'parts' pages on harriscyclery.com are for available parts for sale through the store. Sheldonbrown.com is for general information and will probably be left as an archive.
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