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  • G B Brakes
    cushion the riders palms and a change to the shape of the lever housing made riding on the hoods an extra alterantive to the bars Lam from France are generally credited with being the first company to change the shape of the brake levers to make suitable for riding on the hoods The top brake made in Britain for clubman and time triallists machines was the Resilion a horribly complicated affair which was called the Cantilever but bore no resemblance to modern cantilevers and had to be manufactured in at least five different sizes for the front brake alone and which took more than hour to fit each brake Without a quick release of any sort it was useless for the fast growing sport of road racing GB s brakes were like a breath of fresh air in 1945 Within a couple of years GB had a couple of British competitors in the aluminium side pull brake market the Burlite and the Strata but neither was ever as successful as GB and died by the wayside in the early 50s By 1948 the brake which is now known as the Hiduminium right it was officially called the Standard was introduced The word Hiduminium was heavily stamped into one of the arms the only GB logo was a faint small one near the cablle anchorage Hiduminium was actually the trade name used by Reynolds for many of their aluminium products The adjustment slot was very long enabling the brake to be used with either 26in or 27in wheels many frames were built to accomodate both sizes of wheel but the brake reach needed with 26in wheels was 15mm more than with 27s An extra long reach brake the Grand Tour which was never made in large numbers was introduced soon after the Hiduminium GB also started to diversify into making handlebars stems wingnuts all of which were to prove very successful The most important new introduction came in 1950 with the Coureur left intended as the name suggests for road racing with a cam operated quick release on the calliper A new brake lever with cast hooded lever housing with a built in thumb wheel adjuster was introduced at the same time This was GB s classic brake modified in 1953 with nylon bushes on the pivot bolt tarted up with red GB pivot bolt front nuts in 1957 and continued in production until the late 60s During the 60s versions anodised red and blue all over also appeared A simpler version of the Coureur the Sport without the QR appeared in 1953 intended initially just for the OEM market this was later sold as an aftermarket product Later important introductions were the Coureur 66 centre pull brake in 1961 at a time when centre pull brakes had become very popular in the peleton and the Syncron a dual pivot brake in 1964 GB had developed a close relationship with Altenburger a German manufacturer and it is quite possible the Syncron

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  • Allez pedals
    plates making up the frame are stamped in one piece from heavy gauge duralumin which will give the longest possible wear Dustcap and cone locknut are machined from solid duralumin bar A felt washer is fitted to the inner bearing to exclude all water and grit Spindle is of the hollow pattern for lightness and is drilled out 1 4 diameter to the maximum safe depth of 1 Both spindle and cone are of high grade tested steel heat treated to give maximum toughness and durability 5 32 diameter balls are fitted to both inside and ouside bearings The entire pedal is of first class appearance and the weight is only 10 ozs per pair An important point is that they may be fitted and removed with a standard pattern BSA box spanner a pedal spanner is not necessary Packed in attractive boxs 22 6 per pair Allez pedals are well engineered but over time pedals tend to take a lot of damage through grounding on the road and taking the brunt when a bike falls over Being of alloy construction the rear sideplate is often well worn always at an angle for some reason If you do come across

    Original URL path: http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/components/allez-pedals-comp.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Barelli pedals
    Supreme had a stainless steel footplate mounted on top of an alloy centre barrel The spindle was nickel chrome steel and they were machined for accuracy at the bearing surfaces Photo Geoff Adams The price of the pedal in 1977 was 47 which included a lifetime warranty Barelli also manufactured high quality shoe plates to pair up with the pedal In October 2007 a pair of Barelli pedals were offered for sale on ebay These date from the 1970 s The pair were said to be particularly unusual in that they have removable aluminium cages The seller could find no reference to Barelli making a lightweight model and although these have the Supreme logo on them the Supreme is usually a stainless steel model not aluminium Barelli pedals were exhibited at the Milan Cycle Show in 1977 They were over engineered and were considered the Rolls Royce of pedals The spindle was made from Nickel Chrome Steel and they were machined for accuracy at the bearing surfaces and they came with a life time guarantee This pair see image below were probably made for track racing due to the light weight cages Below is a copy of an informative Barelli

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  • Brooks saddles - blocking and butchering!
    cantle plate to give a curve Do this slowly a bit at a time and keep checking until you are happy with the shape Take care that the saddle does not become lop sided Then trim off the leather level with the cantle plate and cut back the nose leather making sure you don t cut too close to the rivet Now use a coarse file to smooth off the edges If you can get them you can fit the larger copper rivets only replace one at a time though Changing the nose rivet is very tricky so maybe settle for just the rear ones To soften and waterproof a saddle I always used olive oil Turn the saddle upside down and run oil onto the underside turning the saddle to encourage the oil to run around especially near the rivets Let the saddle soak overnight This is why these saddles were undrilled The leather can be hammered with the rawhide mallet to soften it I have done this to my saddles since 1960 and no harm has come to the leather Many people will have their own magic stuff to put on saddles just the way they have recipies for embrocation Olive oil and wintergreen was a favourite with riders but whether their girlfriends adored the pungent smell is another story Blocking is a term also used to restore distorted saddle tops This can be done at home by soaking the saddle in warm water to get it really soft then crumple up newspaper and stuff into the saddle to get the shape back Be very careful and keep checking whilst the saddle is drying Use a toestrap round the narrow part of the saddle to keep the shape intact while it is drying Above the finished article just

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  • Chater Lea pedals
    pedals Author Alexander Von Tutschek Chater Lea pedals Pre war Shown here are a rare survivors a pair of pre war Chater Lea pedals in remarkably original condition The famous part stainless steel CL pedal with the tommy bar fitting was introduced in 1939 so it is surmised that this is the model directly beforehand They are of top quality and surfaced with a remarkable find of cycles in Solihull

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  • Cinelli bars and stems
    Harrison Madison track machine Below A fine example of a Cinelli badged stem This stem was purchased in the 50s not used but carefully stored It was used for the first time two years ago and the colours on the badge are perfect if you need to smarten up an old badge Neville Bousfield points out that not all of the badges are same In the badge above the shield

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  • Cinelli M71 pedals
    shown bottom up The two tapered sides of the plate slide into the grooves either side of the pedal and then the pin is raised In the top picture the pin can be seen engaged in the plate Mick Butler adds the following text and images The M71 was a clipless pedal designed by Cino Cinelli and produced by his company in 1970 as the 1st generation From 1971 onwards the 2nd generation pedals used a plastic shoe cleat which slid into grooves in the pedal and locked in place with a small lever located on the back side of the pedal body To release the shoe a rider had to reach down and operate the lever similar to the way a racing cyclist had to reach down and loosen the toestrap The lever was placed on the outside edge of the pedal so that in the event of a fall the lever hitting the ground would release the foot The pedal was designed for racing and in particular track racing Because of the need to reach them to unclip they have been referred to by the Americans as death pedals along with Lambert alloy forks and hollow Pivo type

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  • Lyotard Pedals
    there were a number of versions of this design a chromed steel range a duralumin model and a wider version the 240 4 as opposed to 3 The 240 had P and L incorporated into the side plates as was common practice with other pedal manufactures e g Chater Lea BSA and Webb In common with many other components the quality declined The main complaint from users being that pedal frames creaked and needed to be removed from the crank and regular hammering However there was one exception the final 460 had reinforced axles at the crank end a response no doubt to complaints about breakages An interesting variant of the 460 was the 46 which featured flat side plates on one side and concave on the other This it was claimed allowed relaxation of the foot The Tour de France no 15 right which can be identified by having four cut outs in the side plates also had a very long history This pedal was very similar to some Victorian and Edwardian designs a fact that did not escape Frank Whitt in his VCC publication The Restoration of Veteran Cycles in which he recommends this model stripped of its chrome and nickelled as suitable for a much earlier machine One of the great advantages of the doubled sided design is that the rider has choice whether or not to use toe clips Lyotard also produced a white split rubber pedal i e with four pieces of rubber which was a common fitting on French women s bikes of the post war period 3 Quill Pedals I do not agree with the statement in the 1960 Ron Kitching catalogue that Pierre Lyotard was the original designer of the quill pedal I have seen turn of the century American Star pedals with this design However he did develop the design and was the first to produce the modern quill pedal so widely copied in the 60 s and 70 s by virtually every pedal maker The most common quill design was the no 45 left which again was a very widely copied design Like many of their pedals Lyotard produced in a number of different versions which varied in the use of alloy and or steel On of their last pedals was of this design the Mod 82 which was a robust one piece cast model with a black plastic dustcap 4 Single sided no quill The Faucheaux discussed above was an example of this type the earlier version had the side pages screwed on this ceased about 1955 with cheaper riveting being substituted Also produced were the 462 which was a singled sided version of the 460 These pedals were slightly lighter than quill version but they did have the disadvantage of not having the protection of the quill for the pedal body Pricing and the later years Lyotard were in terms of price near the bottom of the market Looking at prices in 1962 they range from 9 to

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