Campy brake reach terms RE: [CR] Paramounts, chrome and otherwise

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Subject: Campy brake reach terms RE: [CR] Paramounts, chrome and otherwise
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2007 21:03:16 -0700
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Thread-Topic: Campy brake reach terms RE: [CR] Paramounts, chrome and otherwise
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From: "Mark Bulgier" <Mark@bulgier.net>
To: "Donald Gillies" <gillies@cs.ubc.ca>, <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>


Donald Gillies wrote:
> So my 1974 15-speed paramount (sold in 1976; bought used from original
> owner in 1980) came with the following mysterious features :
>
> (a) It has campagnolo mid-reach 47-57 brakes, and top-tube cable
> guides. I presume these were an upgrade, but why aren't they
> long-reach ??
>
> [snip]

Campy never made a brake longer than 47-57 to my knowledge. These are what're sometimes called "normal" reach, sometimes called "long"; both correct depending on your frame of reference. I like calling them Long because it's not ambiguous like Normal.

57 may be mid-reach compared to the range of all brands/models of brakes ever made, but Campy only made two lengths, so Long and Short is all we need and "mid-reach" muddies the waters IMO.

Mark Bulgier
Seattle WA USA