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 Post subject: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:58 pm 
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Seen in Altrincham, a dark red Peugeot road bike with chromed forks. The strange thing was that the levers were mounted either side of the stem.

Is this a production bike or has it been modified?


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Were they the gear levers?

Quite common BITD, usually on Mixte bikes.

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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:31 pm 
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as Shaun says that type of arrangement was quite common back in the 70's, we still have a few pair (NOS) in the shop buried in a draw somewhere


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:31 pm 
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Similar to this?

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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:47 pm 
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I always thought that was a good idea, weird how it got a reputation for only being on cheaper bikes.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:26 pm 
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These are available at SJS -

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and not overly expensive.

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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:43 pm 
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Not unusual then, but I'd never seen one before.


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:37 am 
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Bats wrote:
I always thought that was a good idea, weird how it got a reputation for only being on cheaper bikes.


A pal of mine went over the bars on a bike fitted with them. Unfortunately his scrotum snagged on one of the levers. Not nice, serious surgery and long-term consequences. :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Unfortunately his scrotum snagged on one of the levers. Not nice, serious surgery and long-term consequences.

That'll be why they turn up mostly on mixte frames :wink: ....I'll get my coat.

All the best,


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 Post subject: Re: Unusual machine?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:53 pm 
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hamster wrote:
Bats wrote:
I always thought that was a good idea, weird how it got a reputation for only being on cheaper bikes.


A pal of mine went over the bars on a bike fitted with them. Unfortunately his scrotum snagged on one of the levers. Not nice, serious surgery and long-term consequences. :shock:


I think Sheldon Brown 'outlawed' them for just this reason. Highly dangerous. Were they able to be sold in the US? Some lawyers must have made a mint if they were.


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