jwg wrote:europa wrote: 'tis better to succed by the strength of one's legs than to resort to the artifice of a derailleur
Just to complete that quote
I still feel that varable gears are only for people over forty-five.
Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer?
We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!
--Henri Desgrange, L'Ã‰quipe article of 1902
Thanks for that It's nice to see the full thing. Old Henri was a crusty old sod wasn't he.