Sunday, April 29, 2012

Do You Remember MAFAC Racer Brakes?

MAFAC or Manufacture Avernoise de Freins et Accessoires pour Cycles (Arveni Manufacturing Works for Bicycle Brakes and Accessories), was a French manufacturer of bicycle brakes and tool  kits. 
In 1952 the Racer center pull was introduced. These brakes were designed to clear fenders, front rack mounts, handlebar bags, and large tires. This made MAFAC brakes one of the most popular models from the 1950s through the 1970s. 
Anquetil raced on MAFAC Brakes!

The MAFAC center-pull brakes were solid brakes and inexpensive which led to them being specified on everything from inexpensive to competition level bikes. Economic pressures and strong competition from Japan led to the company's disappearance in the late 1980s.

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