Stronglight Competition Headset

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Über Member

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    Looking through my box of spares today l found a Stronglight Comp. headset with caged bearings.
    My question is "should it stay or should it go" I dont think it would be appropriate for the bikes l have right now but l suppose you never know if something suitable might appear.
    Its condition is near perfect so it seems a shame not to put it to use but what frame would be right for it ?
    Oh yes and there is a Stronglight Competition bottom bracket to partner it . Am l right in thinking these are 1970's components ?
    All suggestions will be taken in the spirit in which they are offered :okay:
     
  2. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    Headset and bottom bracket in one place at the same time indicates to me that you've achieved critical mass. Add to that a late set of 49D or 99 cranks and you'd be approaching Nirvana - or at least enlightenment. The frame would have to be French and I think you're in the right part of the world for that.
     
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    woodbutcher

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    woodbutcher

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    Aah but which frame should l look out for because as you say France is full of stuff and the choice is endless !
     
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    woodbutcher

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    OOPS l may have dropped a clanger because l have just put this crankset up for sale :
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    woodbutcher

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    Now look what you've done , as if l haven't got enough bikes already !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I do like the look of it Campagnolo dropouts though , be better with Vitus sport ^_^
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  8. A double one ! :whistle:
     
  9. BalkanExpress

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    Bertin was an interesting company, not a top level artisan organisation but very solid bikes with a bit of a cult following

    https://bertinclassiccycles.wordpress.com
     
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  10. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    And by now you will have noticed that the crankset on the resto first up on the Bertin blog features a Stronglight 93 crankset. Just saying.
     
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    woodbutcher

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    Yes indeed l have . My lame excuse for taking my eye off the ball is that l am currently deeply immersed in building a Vitus 979 and it is proving a bit of a challenge to my mechanical ability, ( swapping dura glide to hyper glide bodies etc.):wacko:
    Back to Bertin
    Im pretty sure its the V4 but will check again later !
     
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    If you were making a choice between a Bertin frame and for example a Gitane Olympic is it a no brainer or are they of similar quality ?
     
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  15. midlife

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    Yep, I very good nick for 40 plus years old :smile:
     
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