Jerry: I have answered you offlist with photo atachments. Just so people don't think I shirk answering posts involving any specific knowledge, I'm briefly posting a resumé here: you are correct in assuming that the ealier simplex thin lever QR's of which there were several types, came without hoods. At least, I have seen period pics of bikes without the hoods. Regarding fraud: human nature and the anonymity of online auction sites disinhibiting criminal or fraudulent intent, every dirty trick in the book has been tried, oftnot with success. Only the thread differs on the modern thin lever and the intermediate/second generation old one you now have a pic of.
On the second question, re DT shifter-lever hoods, I shall pass: I have none available to check on at the moment. We are of course talking about the shortish "flat" hoods, not the ridged white plastic ones on the thicker lever simplex QR's of later date.
Nick March, Mont de Marsan, France
I'm interested in this discussion of "thin" lever Simplex. I have several of these, but until now I always assumed they were just the same as the early 70's Simplex QR's, except that mine had lost their black rubber lever hoods. Are we saying that older examples of the Simplex levers came without the rubber hoods? Nick, are you saying that, by removing the rubber from newer examples, they have been passed off to Japan as the older ones?
In a related question, the late 60's/early 70's alloy Simplex Criterium DT shift levers also had hard rubber hoods very similar to those found on the Simplex QR's. Ocassionally one sees the hoods fro sale on eBay. Were the hoods for the shift levers in fact the same ones used on the QR's?
Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX
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