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Old 02-06-20, 08:32 AM
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The Rene Herse crank and cantilever brake really define elegance, in my opinion.
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Old 02-06-20, 08:47 AM
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No captions needed.







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Old 02-06-20, 09:43 AM
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In totally new to this stuff and I'm learning a lot in this thread. There's a lot of things I didn't even know I wanted 😅

Seven thing is a struggle for my now. But this stem is my favorite. It was on the bike when I found it. Maker is still unknown to me.



And about everything mafac made has a +1 for me.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread. Thanks for sharing.
#jdawginsc thanks for the initiative!
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Old 02-06-20, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Too rich for me to own, but one that always stands out is the JUY 543.

This would be my #1 pick as well...
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Old 02-06-20, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by desconhecido View Post
For stems, I like the 3TTT Record stems from the early 70s. Believe that they were standard on the Raleigh Pro bicycles for at least a while. They have an interesting shape, particularly when compared to Cinelli and Nitto, for example. Here's one that could use a little attention:


These things shine up very nicely without much hard work. Not a big fan of the decals, though replacements are available.
My first road bike had this model stem, it IS of the period.
An Alex Singer stem would also be a winner.
for rear derailleurs, the Campagnolo Nuovo Record and Huret Jubilee are hard to beat, the Simplex noted here already was a leading edge styling driver that was never copied.
for cranks the Campagnolo Record was copied so often it cannot be ignored. The Stronglight 93 was not sure elegant but handsome.
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Old 02-06-20, 10:48 AM
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that bottlecage:



that crank:



That stem: (Dura Ace HS 7400)



Those Pedals (MKS)

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Old 02-06-20, 11:04 AM
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I love the Superbe lines on the crankset, the same way I liked the Mistral (and some Campy stuff). What kills me is no engraving. Printed stuff detracts from it.
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Old 02-06-20, 12:21 PM
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Joe Breeze Breeze-In dropout: compact, angles easily accommodated, and maintains round tube to max length. Great joinery



XTR M900 crankset: Beautiful lines and great finish




Ritchey forged headtube: Compact and elegant, avoids beer can headtube on steel frames





Campagnolo C-Record crankset: Beautiful lines and great finish, even in the back



Topline crankset: CNC’d minimalism




7401 rear derailleur: Great finish and elegant branding




Avid Tri-Align cantilevers: functionality at its finest.

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Old 02-06-20, 12:36 PM
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Not mine (I think obviously), but my benchmark hub.




I'll be the person to go there with these:




Neither image is mine,
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Old 02-06-20, 03:08 PM
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Somehow, this 165mm swaged crankset has grown on me through the years I've been using them. Small ring is "wrong" but the original 48t small ring wasn't right for my style of riding.


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Old 02-06-20, 03:58 PM
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maybe not exactly what the OP was looking for, but I'll nominate anything modified by the late Jon Williams....



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Old 02-06-20, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by embankmentlb View Post
While blind folded fill a bin with Campy C-record era parts. Then pull out seven.
Oh yeah. And start with the hubs.

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Old 02-06-20, 04:37 PM
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Maybe it's from growing up in the Ford Taurus era... I like the 80s-90s soap bar styling the best. Fluted and pebbled looks baroque and lots of surfaces look gauche.
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Old 02-06-20, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
No captions needed.
Actually captions identifying the components would be great for those of us new to the scene.

All the pics are great!
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Old 02-06-20, 05:07 PM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Athena monoplanar - easy on the eyes, stopping, not so much...


Really? I thought they were regarded as some of the best performing single pivot brakes ever made. I run the Chorus Monoplaners and once I tapered the pads, they perform really well.

But this thread is about aesthetics, and I agree they are beautiful.

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Old 02-06-20, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by thorstein View Post
Actually captions identifying the components would be great for those of us new to the scene.

All the pics are great!
Those referenced as not needing a caption are Campy "Sheriff's Star" hubs. From the C-Record gruppo. Everything C-Record is pretty elegant.

I like that my Vitus 979 already has a Stronglight headset, Top Line cranks, Superbe levers, and a Suntour Cyclone M2 rear derailleur. This thread is making me feel like I have good taste.
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Old 02-06-20, 06:06 PM
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Gran Sport 02 by iabisdb, on Flickr


FB Cranks 1 by iabisdb, on Flickr


Campagnolo Tensioner 01 by iabisdb, on Flickr


Sheffield 658 03 by iabisdb, on Flickr


FB 006 by iabisdb, on Flickr


Magistroni Senior Headset 3 by iabisdb, on Flickr


untitled4 by iabisdb, on Flickr
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Old 02-06-20, 06:18 PM
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Old 02-06-20, 07:15 PM
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Agreed on some of those already posted. Others... meh. De gustibus. Here are two that do it for me:

Otsuya seatlug, 1980s:



Art Stump dropout, 1970s:

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Old 02-06-20, 08:22 PM
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how about a jubilee derailleur with a hollow pin regina pin
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Old 02-06-20, 08:34 PM
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Originally Posted by bulgie View Post
Agreed on some of those already posted. Others... meh. De gustibus. Here are two that do it for me:

Otsuya seatlug, 1980s:



Art Stump dropout, 1970s:

Mark B in Seattle
I think Art could have added a narrow amount beyond the stamping area and kept the elegance and added strength. But it is an elegant part.
I bought a set of his front dropouts long long ago- pretty clever design.

that seat lug is also Styling.

the Shimano 600 arabesque has grown on me but when it was introduced I felt a poor mimic of Nuovo Record style achievement.
the Golden Arrow? I think was more authentic.

The Aero Gran Compe side pull calipers that were quite minimalist with eccentric pad adjustment should be acknowledged. Only small cross section tires apply though.
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Here's mine, mostly old school Campy, but not all.

I love the Campy high flange hubs and QR. All my old bikes have them, except the Peugeot on HF Normandies.

Campy dropouts, and for some reason, I just like looking at the Gran Turisimo RD. Pardon the lint string.

Not really a component, but I love my Legnano's head badge.

Campy Gran Sport and NR 5 arm crank, my favorite set up for looking at, not so much for riding up big hills.

Believe it or not, I love these Shimano Exage Sport aero levers. The hoods feel good, the little rubber pads are nice, and I just like the looks of them.

I love the Raleigh head badge almost as much as the Legnano badge ... almost. The Capella lugs aren't bad either.
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Old 02-06-20, 09:51 PM
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Don't know if skewers can be elegant, but these Simplex skewers are sort of neat and not all that common, as far as I can tell. They have little booties to slide over the lever arms.
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I guess I'm going more for engineering elegance. Elegance on the inside, more than the aesthetic outside.
I can dig it!


For me, my favorite bike part of all time for functional elegance, will always and forever be the Sturmey Archer 3 speed. The fact that the first operating model was made in 1902 is mindblowing. The semiautomatic nature of upshifts, the virtual complete absence of any maintenance. The absurdly long life span. The shiny chrome. The little indicator chain that shifts the gears. The bar mounted indexed shifting 7+ decades (?) before anyone else had it figured out. The fact that nowadays everyone thinks you're riding a single speed LOL. The tick tick tick in 2nd and 3rd gears....

And because this thread needs pics, here's a pic of a NOS sturmey, with a coaster brake :-)

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