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Old 05-31-19, 12:28 PM
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1973 Campy toe clips

These are for my '73 Raleigh Professional. Would they have been alloy or steel? When did Campy introduce alloy toe clips?
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Old 05-31-19, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by shopco43 View Post
These are for my '73 Raleigh Professional. Would they have been alloy or steel? When did Campy introduce alloy toe clips?

Steel, and not Campy. To the best of my recollection, Campagnolo toe clips came out around 1983, give or take a year.

Alloy toe clips were around much earlier, but most people avoided them since they were known to break.

The standard then was steel Christophe toe clips. Binda or Christophe straps usually. I'm not sure what was OEM on a Raleigh Pro in 1973, but clips and straps were considered consumables.
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That's what I'm thinking, too. Christophe steel straps and Binda laminated or Christophe solid leather straps. OEM doesn't really matter for a Pro of those days. Many bikes were delivered to LBS as frames and built to suit the individual customer. They sold for a princely sum, after all.

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OEM doesn't really matter for a Pro of those days. Many bikes were delivered to LBS as frames and built to suit the individual customer. They sold for a princely sum, after all.

Thanks. Dad had a friend with a bike shop who did build it up per order. In '73 Dad would have been 51 and this was his grail bike, he owned it until he died in 2001. He had it all Campy except for the brakes, which were Dura-Ace. I can just hear the discussion; "you can save some money using Japanese breaks, they are just as good as Campagnolo" (they probably were). Dad was raised in the depression era as well as being a Scotsman and as such was frugal. The brakes were his sop to that frugality.


He also had the hubs rebuilt with clinchers, probably immediately after his first flat. I am "correcting" these items in the build.
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The first generation Dura-Ace brakes were easily as good as Campagnolo, except perhaps for the levers, cable clamping hardware, and the outer cables. I used a set of the calipers with Campagnolo NR cables and levers, and I was amazed at how good a brake system those made together. Shimano made a great caliper, there!

Having a high-quality "utility" wheelset to use on a fine road bike was really rather common.
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