Re: [CR]pre-Bay offers

Example: Framebuilders:Rene Herse

From: Donald Gillies <>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2004 10:59:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [CR]pre-Bay offers

Jerry Moos and I have recently been on a Simplex Buying Binge. In fact at times we've been bidding fast and furiously against each other. Therefore, i will hazard a guess at ebay market prices for the items that you seek. Prices do not include shipping.

Simplex prestige red-label rear mech, used, $5 (same as list price in 1973) Simplex prestige red-label rear mech, NOS, $10-$20

Simplex front delrin parallelogram mech, $5 (rusty), $10(used), $20(NOS) Simplex delrin shifters, $0 Simplex criterium shifters, $10 (NOS on ebay NOW, 15 of them new-in-bag)

The prestige line is highly undesirable, because the shifters snap and as the rear mechs age they loose stiffness and get sloppy. Here are some pirate applications for prestige parts :

prestige rear derailleur - source of jockey wheels for high-end Simplex SLJ mechs. not a good source for cable hangers.

prestige shifters - source of barrel adjusters for raleigh rear centerpull cable stop on 1970's nottingham bikes.

prestige shifters - can be turned around and stripped of levers to make a half-decent downtube cable stop (seen on a bike in paris, france, march 2004)

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA