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Big copper rivet brooks saddles and TA cranks!!

Old 09-11-11, 10:43 AM
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Big copper rivet brooks saddles and TA cranks!!

I think these are my two favorite vintage bicycle parts. They're the perfect mix of beauty and function. They epidomize what I'm drawn to about vintage bikes.

I just bought my second TA crank which is what is making me think of this:



I'm also on the lookout for one of these for one of my bikes. I think it will be my 8th or so brooks saddle.



What bike parts can you covet all day long?

I'm sure this thread exists in triplicate, but hey, at least it's not a 650b/italian/holy grail thread, right?
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Haha! Yeah both are essentail! I sold my TA Cyclotuoriste and regret that. Love the big copper rivets on my Brooks Pro.
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I don't have enough time on these to know if I 'covet' them, but here's a bunch of what you like.

I do like the looks of these saddles, and the cranksets.



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Sweet JT!
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I like a pair of 49d arms with TA rings a bit better. And, yes, Brooks ftw.

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Somehow I've ended up with about 5 complete brake sets, From Campy, Mafac, Weinmann (way too Many), and Diacompe... I just can't say no to a vintage set of Center pulls....
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I like the more crude look of the Mafac Racers. The Weinmann's just get tossed into a pile or usually into the recycleables for aluminum. Something about them just make my stomach upset. I guess from seeing them on so many gas pipe bikes they kind of killed it for me. Not saying that the Racers were the creme de la creme as they usually came on lower models also. The sets I have laying around will probably get tossed into the BOC game. lol.
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mmmm, what do I covet? I do have a weakness for TA cranks, I have two different set ups, here's one:



Anything first generation Suntour Superbe makes me weak in the knees.



And the Nitto "Crystem" stem drives me wild with passion.




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Le Paon fluted fenders

3-pin cranks

Cranks with cutout spider arms

GB rando bars

Dia-compe roller straddle-wire pulls with the built-in QR

Dynamo lights

Lyotard 460D pedals

these are a few of my favorite things
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Engraved crest cinelli bars.
Cinelli stems - almost any, but preferably the 1r.
Campagnolo fluted SR seatposts.
Campagnolo record hubs, with oilport.
Copper rivent Brooks B-17.
TA bottle cage.
Silca pumps with Campy head.
Campagnolo Headsets...almost any generation/model
Don't have any, but love the look of Mafac racer brakes
Campagnolo QR levers

Ugliest:
Sturmey Archer IGH
All Suntour rear derailleurs
All Shimano DA cranks - EXCEPT 7700
Anything made by Weinmann
Anything made by Modolo
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Covet! Covet! I think i've coveted everything Campagnolo, Cinelli, Silca, Colnago, Bianchi - everything Italian. but if I was to say one item it would (today) be Cobalto brake callipers. Isn't that stupid? I tiny bit of shiny blue plastic. There must be something 'wrong' with me.



I must confess to coveting Brooks and Concor saddles too.

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Old 09-11-11, 05:41 PM
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Best wishes for finding your fine bike Rob.
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I've always loved the shape of Record calipers. Simple and beautiful.
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I've had something of a TA fetish, myself:





But my other fetish is cantilever brakes, particularly of the French variety:



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Oh this is such good stuff. And so well put -holiday76, about how it's beautiful and functional. The TA was the most versatile crank ever made, available with so many options. It's clear that TA was a company with great passion for cycling and the equipment.

But you can't COVET something you already have.
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Well no, but I can covet all the ones I don't!
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- 1st generation Deore road group
- 1st genration Superbe
- TA cranks
- Old leather saddles
- Canvas bags and luggage
- Cantilever brakes
- Campy C-Record
- 1st Generation Campy Chorus
- Ofmega stuff, but I don't know why
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Did you say BRB (big rivet Brooks) and TA crank?

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Love big rivet saddles, but unfortunately I will probably never get used to my Swift. TA cranks are nice, as are old Nervar cranks with the diamond inset on the arms, yummy~!

What I love!!

Suntour Cyclone M-II!(near perfection in both form and function)
Concor Supercorsa saddles
1993ish Shimano 105(1st gen dual pivot, and wheel pant on the RD) Most gorgeous group Shimano ever made!
Any canti brakes save for the horribly over spec'd Altus style. Works fine, but eww!(plastic spring cups, need I say more?)
Silver SKS (ESGE in old school)fenders, with the black stripes. SO very clean looking!
Flat top lugged fork crowns. IE Raleigh, Motobecane, etc. If they're chrome, even better!
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Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
Covet! Covet! I think i've coveted everything Campagnolo, Cinelli, Silca, Colnago, Bianchi - everything Italian. but if I was to say one item it would (today) be Cobalto brake callipers. Isn't that stupid? I tiny bit of shiny blue plastic. There must be something 'wrong' with me.



I must confess to coveting Brooks and Concor saddles too.
No. They are fantastic and gorgeous brakes. Not just the gem - they have a very specific appeal and detail undelivered since (IMO).
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Actually the large copper rivets are a relatively new phenomenon. Older Brooks saddles had smaller copper rivets.

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I've had a lot of different rear derailleurs but I have 1 suntour cyclone that I really treasure. It's sort of a curse because it's left in a box. I have other cyclone RD's that get used and I forget that they are there sometimes.

- I actually do covet TA cranks because I don't own any.
- Simplex retro friction bar end shifters and SLJ derailleurs are high on my lust list.

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First it was leather saddles, Brooks, Ideale, even have a Belt, a Middlemore, and a Schwinn Sprint. But ultimately, Brooks in Color and a limited edition Brooks really make me break out in joyful perspiration.

Van's Limited Edition Black Professional

Colt in Violet

B-17 in British Racing Green

Limited Edition Brooks Professional in Blue
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Like:
Everything remotely connected to Campagnolo Record of all generations save the last (ergo power III is just too ugly even for my campyphilia)
MAFAC gold brakes
Brooks B17 (small rivets better than big rivets, they are too flashy for my taste).
90 degree cantilever brakes (don't know why, it just looks awesome)
Shimano AX
Ofmega mistral in fancy colors
I'm extremely fascinated by early derailleurs like the Parigi Roubaix, Vittoria Margharita and the Ossgear
Sturmey Archer quadrant shifters

Dislike:
Anything coming out of japan save Shimano AX

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