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Old 10-21-09, 09:50 PM
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What classic bike parts would *you* like to see reproduced?

Hey All -

As many of you know, Electra took some inspiration from classic European bike parts of the 1940s-1960s this year for components for our new Ticino line. Our new crankset, pedals and "Five Star" hubs were quite the hit with fans of classic European bikes this year at both Eurobike and Interbike.

So, with that, we're planning for our 2011 offerings and wanted to ask folks like you what you would like to see. We have quite a few ideas already, just want to make sure we're not missing the boat on anything.

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The new Crankset is goregeous.

I'd love to see a classic styled Handlebar mounted Waterbottle holder

Classic styled lighting would be cool.

a Gumwall 700c tire.
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I'd love to see a classic styled Handlebar mounted Waterbottle holder

Classic styled lighting would be cool.
+1 to both of these. I'd probably end up using the handlebar holder for dual duty: water in the day and batteries for lights at night. For my use a generator can't compete with the new lithium-ion batteries but internal wiring would be a nice feature, especially if there was some sort of quick plug in up front.
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I'd love to see a classic styled Handlebar mounted Waterbottle holder
+1
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Classic styled lighting would be cool.
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a Gumwall 700c tire.
Huh?
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Chainrings with the extra webbing like the old nouvo record + early 70s dura ace/600

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the dura ace stem! if I could afford it, all my bikes would have them
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Old 10-22-09, 01:49 AM
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Brake hoods. There's no way a set of hoods should cost from $50 to $80.
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Old 10-22-09, 03:44 AM
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High quality 27 x 1 and 27 x 7/8 tires.

The old campy water bottle from the 80s with the handle built into the bottle.

Brooks bags that aren't cheap leather made in Taiwan

+1 Hoods
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Old 10-22-09, 03:48 AM
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Top mount 9 speed thumbshifters. Think Suntour XC Pro 8 speed but with 9.
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Nothing...

Personally, I hope that no vintage parts are ever reproduced. I like finding, restoring and riding vintage road bicycles. Having access to newly manufactured vintage stuff all but eliminated the restoration thing. How many plastic sports cars and hot rods are roaming the streets today. How many brand new Schwinn Paramounts would you like to see sold, assuming that each one sold lowered the collectible value of the Schwinn you were so lucky or worked so hard to find.

Nope, if you want to ride a 2009 or newer bicycle, just go buy one. And leave the old iron alone for those of us who are willing to invest the time, effort and energy while silently praying to the god of vintage road bicycles for another find.

I watched this happen with both cars and motorcycles. The value of all other genuine antiques diminished thanks to the guy who just wants to cash in on an old but good thing and the other guy who couldn't be bothered to wait and look for the real thing. I assure you that I would ride the seat post alone before I would consider spending a single penny on a brand new Turbo saddle. Unless, of course, it is NOS item from the past.

That just how I feel and the feeling is pretty strong.
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I'd love to see a classic styled Handlebar mounted Waterbottle holder
+1,000.

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+1 on the handlebar mounted water bottles.
I'd also love to see the high flanged hubs in a campy compatible configuration.

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Keep going with the reproduction of classic/iconic saddles. So far we got the Turbo, but I'd like to see much more.
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I love the new hubs and can't wait to purchase a pair. however I was disapointed that the cassette body is shimano. will they be offered for Campagnolo? or do I need to change (or can I?) the body or use some spacer kit?

a nice set of regular side pull brakes. preferably along the lines of a Chorus or Athena design. I know these are not true "C&V" items but IMHO they were some of the most beautiful brakes ever produced. OH a choice of Gemmed nutcaps would be be a big bonous.
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I would snap up head and tail lights in retro housings but with modern battery powered optics. My wife rides a Felt Claire around town and no matter what kind of lights we put on, they look stupid. I would love to put torpedo head and taillights on it, but anything retro is so dim it is unsafe. My townie is a 1960's Umberto Dei which has working generator lights in the original housings, but if I could replace the innards with Planet Bike quality battery lighting I would also be safer, and would just leave the generator mounted for fun. I have experimented with adding modern lighting innards in older housings, but there are too many issues with getting lenses to fit.
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classic looking front and rear racks (like on the ticino) with simple low key provisions for fitting/adapting to different frames.
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classic looking front and rear racks (like on the ticino) with simple low key provisions for fitting/adapting to different frames.
What, these don't exist, you're saying?
Or are they just stupidly expensive? (they are.)
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Originally Posted by CravenMoarhead
a Gumwall 700c tire.
Huh? ?
Does this exist and I don't know where to find it?
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Originally Posted by KtotheF View Post


the dura ace stem! if I could afford it, all my bikes would have them

Thats cool. Where's the screw to hold the handlebars in place?
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I have a fetish for symmetry. I'd like to see C-Record Delta & Dura Ace AX brakes. With all the materials & lubrication advancements we've seen, maybe they can make them actually work?
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What, these don't exist, you're saying?
Or are they just stupidly expensive? (they are.)
The only ones I've seen like the on the ticino were sold by velo orange, expensive, and did not appear adjustable. Plus their rear racks (which I wanted) were out of stock. So I ended up getting an expensive nitto, but it doesn't look as nice imo.
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Something I'd like to see from Electra -

A Lugged Frame with ZERO top tube drop. Give us a frame with a Level top tube PLEASE!!!
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+1 to classic lights with LED technology, preferably rechargeability. I'd buy another cruiser tomorrow, if I could get the fender-mounted lights on the front and rear like my Columbia had, but without the generator or rusting D-cell holder.

and Sophia Loren
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I think the 60s-70s Ambrosio adjustable stem is one of the most versatile ever designed.

Yeah, as people said, affordable hoods, handlebar mount water bottle cages and handlebar bags.
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Sophia Loren


blah blah blah


and Sophia Loren
You do know that this is all any red blooded man saw in your post, right?

I've always been torn between Sophia Loren and Grace Kelly for all time bestest classiest woman...
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