Mitch Harris wrote:
> Am I right that the thing that determines if bike is built for a cable
> stopped front der is a housing stop at the lower left understop of the
> downtube for the housing that curves around to the der?
> When did English builders drop this? My R.J.Quinn has this housing
> stop and cable stopped der, and seems to be a mid-70s model.
My recollection is that most bikes stopped using these by the early 80s. I've always felt the housed front der. casing to be problematic -- it tends to collect moisture and then the cable and housing rust into a single, immovable unit. Frequent maintenance can prevent this, but most casual riders don't do this.
-John Thompson (email@example.com)
Appleton WI USA