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 Post subject: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:09 pm 
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Anyone know when the rules requiring frame pumps was dropped?


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 Post subject: Re: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:42 am 
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Good question, can't find an exact answer and can't provide one either. Best I can come up with is mid to late 60's and that's based on the bikes shown here: http://velosvintage.over-blog.com/artic ... 79381.html - all i'm going on is the lack of pump pegs from '69 onwards? Would there have been a written rule regarding pumps?


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 Post subject: Re: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:47 am 
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I have read pumps were mandatory but I can't find when the were dropped, I would guess late 60s.


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 Post subject: Re: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:59 am 
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I think it may be earlier than that, in 1960, as I've just been flicking through my "Tour de France - The Story of The World's Greatest Cycle Race" Book and in all the pics up to 1959 alll the bikes appear to have a pump, but from 1961 on (no 1960 pics strangely?) I can't see any pumps fitted.

They may of course have been voluntary from then on, as a lot of the bikes, post 1960, on Finney's link above, still appear to have pump fittings.

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 Post subject: Re: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:02 am 
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Ah ... OK thanks for that ...


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 Post subject: Re: TdF frame pumps
PostPosted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:38 am 
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Is there a history of UCI and/or other governing body rule changes anywhere? I'm just guessing, but maybe pumps were even banned once support cars were allowed, since a pump falling off a bike in the middle of a fast moving peleton could easily cause a crash. Maybe they just became obsolete once support cars were allowed. When were support cars allowed for the first time?


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