26th June 2014

Mech of the Week – week one

Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear DerailleurWeek 1. Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear Derailleur 1967

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

For week one, we are featuring with one of the rare rear gears you will find on display at our Sheffield shop – a Campagnolo Nuovo Record derailleur, as ridden by Eddy Merckx over four consecutive Tour victories (1969 to 1972).

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.

As well as offering carefully researched information on the derailleurs it covers, this website comes alive with intriguing facts, opinion and social commentary, which transcend the conventional catalogue format.

For a flavour of Mike’s insights, go straight to his description of our mech of the week, the Campagnolo Nuovo Record Rear Derailleur

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