Cars with wreaths on the front bumper have always seemed silly to me. If you're going to decorate a vehicle it should be your bike. Not by hanging wreaths though; they are hardly aerodynamic, never mind the weight. We've found a couple of pretty new items to liven up your bike for the holiday.
The first is these lovely laminated Ale toe straps. They have nice soft pads under the buckles and are embossed with a glittery gold logo. Right now we have them in Christmas red, but we'll be getting some in Hanukkah blue soon.
Next are genuine brand new Simplex retro friction shift levers. These are the pinnacle of friction shifting technology. The two types on the right are in stock right now. They are made of delrin with a festive metal decoration on top, but the inside bits are genuine French metal. These are expensive, but they are also rare. And we paid a lot to rescue them, otherwise they might have languished in the dark corner of a warehouse for another 30 years.
We'll soon have some of the pretty spoon shaped retro friction shifters that Simplex made for Gipimme. There will be just a few of these since I'm keeping a couple for myself.
The levers on the left we don't have yet. That's my personal set, but we're still looking.
Simplex retro friction levers last almost forever, but they should be cleaned every decade or so.
Here's a good article on the subject or here in the original. By the way, this article shows the one other style of retro friction levers that I'm aware of.
06 December, 2006
Posted by Velo Orange at 2:29:00 PM