In a message dated 2/4/2002 1:57:52 PM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
> I have sometimes wondered how many of the zillions of
> washers, fasteners, rivets, springs, bushings,
> bearings, cables, etc. in Campy products are ordered
> straight out of suppliers' product catalogs, how many
> are custom spec'd, and how many are made in-house.
> I've also wondered if certain parts weren't sourced
> from multiple vendors over time or even multiple
> vendors simultateously. Look hard at some of those
> little parts and soon no two look the same. I think
> about strange things I guess.
> Oh yeah, this reads like a statement, but I guess it's
> a question for the list. Any ideas?
I would find it hard to believe that they didn't have outside suppliers. Supposedly, at one time, Raleigh made every part in house(except saddles and tires). I'm skeptical of that too. On the other hand how much hardware on a bike is really generic? Not a lot if you' re out trying to get replacements from your local fastener supplier.