[CR]Now: Oversized seat stay caps Was: Raleigh Pro Mk IV?

Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2002

Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2004 09:09:37 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
References: <db.179ac62d.2eaa1fce@cs.com>
Subject: [CR]Now: Oversized seat stay caps Was: Raleigh Pro Mk IV?

Carb7008@cs.com wrote:
> I've often wondered if any listers know of other bike frames that were made
> like the Professional Mk IV with the oversize oval plates that finish the top
> of the seat-stays? They seem so odd, almost as if the factory didn't want to
> take the time to grind the plates flush. Yet, I doubt this reason since this was
> close to, if not, their top model. They took the time to slightly wrap them
> around. Could it be just cosmetic in order to distinguish it from others...was
> there a dedicated Brooks tool-bag that used the lips for
> attachment...something to do with laminar flow?
> Jack Romans
> Rains have Started Sacramento,
> Not so Sunny California

The Raleigh Team bike used the oversized caps (mid '70s) when the Pro Mk IV still had the fastback stays.

There is a Daniel Rebour drawing in the book _The World of Daniel Rebour_ that shows Jacques Anquetil's 1967 Gitane race bike with oversized seat stay caps, pointed at each end (football shaped) and curving with "J . A" stamped in the surface (page 98). Shows a piece of tape on the seat post to mark his saddle height too.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, Southern (sunny morning after a few rainy days) California http://www.velo-retro.com (reprint of The World of Daniel Rebour and many others...)