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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:48 pm 
Dirt Disciple
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I've asked about this on the Classic Rendezvous site, but nobody has acknowledged knowing of Herse brakes with these forked ends on the arms. There seems to be a prevalence of opinion that these are Herse, but I'm still a bit skeptical. Maybe they are Toei copies? Anybody familiar with these brakes?

Link to photo: https://photos.app.goo.gl/3bSD1iKphEw158Q38.

The story: I recently bought the contents of a shed that belonged to a racing and touring friend from the early '70s. He worked in a bike shop (Zumwalt's in San Diego), and acquired a lot of odd stuff over the years. The shed had not been touched in 40 years, so nothing in it is recent.

I found these brake arms in an old Cibie generator light box. They appear to be unused, and they appear to be Herse cantilevers. However, I haven't found any evidence that his brakes ever used a forked end like these do. The forked end is apparently intended to receive a binder bolt on the straddle cable as Mafac brakes do.

Thanks!

Kevin


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:51 pm 
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look like the reproductions

https://janheine.wordpress.com/2017/11/ ... er-brakes/

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:58 pm 
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Yes, they do look like Jan Heine's reproductions. But, they have been in a shed for 40 years and the reproductions have only been available for a year or so. For mine to be reproductions, we would have to go all wibbley-wobbley timey-wimey. Also note that only one side of my arms is forked, and the other side is the commonly seen original Herse style. Thanks!


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:01 pm 
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I knew you'd say that.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:46 pm 
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I was reading about a Japanese randonneur a couple of nights ago and it was completely Japanese built and it had herse copy brakes on it made by Toei. I will see if I can find the photo.

Jamie


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