23rd July 2014

Mech of the Week – week five

Week 5 – Paul Powerglide Rasta – 1995

Paul Powerglide Rasta

From now till the Tour finale we will be featuring one of the derailleurs on view in our ‘mech museums’ – the displays of rare rear gears on view in both our Leeds and Sheffield shops as part of our Countdown to Paris celebrations.

We conclude this feature in the blaze of colour that is the Paul Powerglide Rasta rear mech, currently on display in our Sheffield shop.

This mech is part of Mike Sweatman’s derailleur collection. When he is not working at the Bike Co-op (which he has done since 1977) Mike hosts a website called Disraeli Gears.

This site is dedicated to a single subject – the rear derailleur – described by Mike as ‘the definitive bicycle component’. Disraeli Gears tells the story of hundreds of mechs through the 20th Century to the present day.

For a flavour of this website, go straight to Mike’s description of the Paul Powerglide.

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