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Old 07-10-11, 11:26 AM
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What is this (I thought I'd seen everything)?

Seen in an Ebay ad for a Puch Ultima:



There's a chain peg directly below this huge thing, so what in the heck is it for?

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Old 07-10-11, 12:58 PM
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Looks like a classic Henwiegh
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Old 07-10-11, 01:52 PM
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Single use emergency spoke brake?
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Old 07-10-11, 01:55 PM
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An even better chain hanger which allows you to pedal when the wheel is out and the cycle is on the work stand in order to clean up the chain?
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Old 07-10-11, 01:57 PM
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That's where you attach the clothespin for playing cards. You didn't know that? Jeez.....
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Old 07-10-11, 02:16 PM
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^ Aha - mystery solved!

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Old 07-10-11, 03:17 PM
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Maybe it's a dynamo or light mount bracket?
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Old 07-10-11, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by divineAndbright View Post
An even better chain hanger which allows you to pedal when the wheel is out and the cycle is on the work stand in order to clean up the chain?
Actually, that may not be far from the truth: I've seen a hook similar to this to hang the chain on when you pull the rear wheel so it doesn't get tangled on anything.
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Old 07-10-11, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by sillygolem View Post
Actually, that may not be far from the truth: I've seen a hook similar to this to hang the chain on when you pull the rear wheel so it doesn't get tangled on anything.
yes, but there is a classic braze-on chain hanger just below it...i think...

have no idea what it is.
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Old 07-10-11, 05:37 PM
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Just saw that thing on a recent Vitus Carbone Plus 9 bike that was on auction at ebay.

I think it's an add on chain hanger for bikes that don't have them from the factory as the Vitus Carbones didn't.
The one on that silver bike was painted over when the frame must have gotten a re-paint.
IIRC, BG had one of these or something very similar She posted up a pic and quizzed us about it a couple of months ago.
I'm actually looking for one to install on my Carbone Plus 7. It's really a hassle with the chain all over the place when I remove and install my rear wheel.
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Old 07-10-11, 08:45 PM
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Wow -- deja vu......

Cool little holder clips. I'd never seen them before last week. I was in my brother's garage rooting around and came across a couple of Ciclolinea retail display cards with about 30 each in black and silver. He let me have a few. I added them the other day over at Velobase.com. Ciclolinea chain holder pegs
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Old 07-10-11, 10:31 PM
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Ah, there we go - thanks for the link. So it's plastic, huh? I thought it was metal and brazed-on from the looks of the picture the seller provided. So, I guess the question now is: can that be the original paint on the frame? Since there's already a chain peg, it seems unlikely Puch would stick on a plastic chain-holder clip above the one brazed to the frame and then paint.

Hmmm...

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Old 07-10-11, 11:12 PM
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I doubt that would be placed on a frame by a manufacturer if a peg was already brazed on. Even the French wouldn't do that. If that clip is the same color as the frame it has got to be a repaint. Looks like the peg was used after the paint job and the chain has rubbed the paint off of it. Now the question is was the frame painted underneath where the clip is? I tried to attach these things to a couple of bikes lying around and I couldn't get them on. I figure they are tough to get on, so likely tough to remove as well. Not much there to get leverage to push it off the stay without snapping the peg off. Using a screwdriver or pliers to pop the clip off could easily scratch the paint on the stay.

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Old 07-11-11, 12:34 AM
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Some fool didn't realize it could be removed when he started painting the frame - that's pretty much the size of it.

Question is, why did someone add it in the first place? Is the lower pin cracking? Doesn't make sense to have two of them - I'm suspicious.

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Old 07-11-11, 06:13 AM
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^oh, man.

Time to revive the 'bonehead moves by previous owners' thread, eh?
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Old 07-11-11, 07:05 AM
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If you actually use the brazed on hanger, the chain soon tears up the paint and you get rust. Not so with the add on.
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Apologies in advance for reviving an 8 month old thread, but while looking for something similar for my Pro, I found this.

Not only was the plastic item added, if you look closely, you'll see that these are Campy NR droupouts (from 1978 & later) that are pre-drilled for Campy's Porta Catena. I guess the Porta Catena is either hard to find or not that user friendly in actual use, or too expensive...

As for the chain gouging up the peg, it'll have so much oil / grease from the chain on it, rust will not be a major issue. I have bigger nicks, scrapes & other battle scars from 34 years of riding mine.
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Old 03-28-12, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by bleukahuna View Post
Looks like a classic Henwiegh
Nah, I'd say it is prime example of updog.
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Old 03-28-12, 11:28 AM
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I know from bitter experience I'd rather use the plastic one since the chain will chew the paint off of the steel one and it will rust.
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I know from bitter experience I'd rather use the plastic one since the chain will chew the paint off of the steel one and it will rust.
So what? The chain will have oil & grease all over it and this will get on the little peg, thus preventing or severely slowing the development of any rust. A Little CLP on it after cleaning the frame will keep it from rusting.

You can't ride these things and expect to keep them looking like hangar queens all the time. I like to USE my stuff.
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