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What's the cork for?(6 posts)

What's the cork for?desmo
Dec 7, 2002 3:49 PM
I've never seen this before, but in the last two weeks in photos of 70's era road bikes there appears to be what looks like a wine/champagne bottle cork hung from the seat rails. Saw it on the amazing Peter Johnson bike on the Velo Retro site, and the equally sweet metallic blue Masi recently posted on the retro page of the Campy only site. What bit of cycling arcania am I missing out on here? Or are my boozehound eyes just playing a trick on me?
re: What's the cork for?wooglin
Dec 7, 2002 6:56 PM
Don't know for a fact but I'd bet its got something to do with remounting tubulars. Maybe cleaning glue off the braking surface? If so, I'll have to remember that next time I run over some gum.
pretty cool, wonder if this will become the new trend.Qubeley
Dec 8, 2002 5:07 PM
Can be quite a fashion statement.
I might add one to my bike, although I run clincher.
I gave up on you guys and went to the source.desmo
Dec 9, 2002 9:00 PM
From the owner of the Masi:

"The cork is a bit of a symbol for the vintage bike group I ride with here in Southern California. The story of its origin goes back to the days of track riding as comes courtesy of Ted Ernst. Seems when you were done riding you went and had a pull from the nearest bottle of champagne. Drinking champagne meant your pull on the track was over. It is a talisman for "never popping your cork" or always have a little bit left in you for that big climb."

Cool, but a little too Euro for me. I'll stick with my Ratfink keychain dangling from the Selle.
cork Mojowspokes
Dec 10, 2002 4:34 AM
you have a Ratfink! I have Gumby mounted on the rear brake bridge of all my Bianchis. Years ago when doing the tours, my friend and I both rode Bianchis and people called them Gumby green (don't know why?) and we became known as the gumby crew. SO, we took it a step further and mounted the Gumbys! I have even taken Gumby racing before!!
Dang! Functionality loses again... nm :)wooglin
Dec 10, 2002 5:49 AM