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Old 01-30-15, 08:44 PM
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French Threadonado (is this funny?)

French threadonado… aficionado of French bikes, whose level of desire for said French bikes can be accurately estimated by the level of obsolescence, backward thinking, odd diameters, and overall proliferation of French threads exhibited thereon. By example, this is to say that their grail bike would include all French components, French threads requiring tools not made since the invention of fire, thread directions that promote loosening during usage, a stuffy French air about it (including in the tires), a constant smell reminiscent of vino no matter how much soap or wax is applied, and preferably sporting a name scripted on the headtube containing numerous letters that not pronounced.(added for jim)

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Old 01-30-15, 08:53 PM
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I see no smiley face on your post but I assume one is implied. Otherwise you are missing a most important point. French bikes can be quite wonderful. Italian BBs use RH threading on both sides (and must have had a good reason for doing it that way ).

Who would ever have thunk that all-metric measurements in the bicycle industry would be defeated by a combination of British and Japanese, in which the Japanese were also following combined British, Italian, and Campagnolo standards? Hard to believe, inn'it?

On the other hand, Cinelli used 26.4mm clamp size for a long time, which is 1mm + 1".
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LOL - that pretty much wraps it up. Mercier owner here.
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Old 01-31-15, 06:43 AM
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Yep, I just love spending hours searching my parts bin for a nut for a bolt or a bolt for a nut for some small part that will match the good part's threads. Part o' the game.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Italian BBs use RH threading on both sides (and must have had a good reason for doing it that way ).
Sure. That way you can tap the BB shell on a lathe and just run the tap in one side and all the way out the other. The resulting threads are guaranteed to be co-axial without the need for a fancy pilot.
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Old 01-31-15, 07:26 AM
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Geez, if you can't appreciate French bikes just don't buy them or any French parts. Especially don't buy the parts that are missing fasteners.
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Old 01-31-15, 07:33 AM
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I don't understand what the fuss over French threading is all about? Maybe because they are too new, from early 1970's to early 1980's. On 90 percent of the French bikes that I have reconditioned, the OEM parts are often neglected, but still are functional. Occasionally, a Helicomatic hub or a Delrin Symplex derailleur needs to be replaced, but that's true with non-French components as well.

it's really no more cumbersome than dealing with the specialty tools for Italian Campagnolo parts, vintage British Raleigh components, be cups and those R plated nuts come to mind, and the multitude of tools for all the various Japanese Shimano freewheel iterations.

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I love French bread!

Oh wait, misread the title ...
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