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In my experience, no, it's not strong enough, unless the fillet is very large. I remember the Schwinn Varsity having a fillet-brazed steel frame, but those fillets were absolutely huge-- very thick.QuoteOne can, and for the last 120 years many have, brazed bicycle frames without lugs (it's called fillet brazing).Would the brass filling be stong enough? The forces that cracked the steel in the first place are still there.
I remember back in the day of down tube shifters that they were much "cooler" to use than handlebar-stem mounted shifters. One of the reasons everyone gave was that the longer cable run from the handlebar stem shifters made shifting worse. Now we have brifters and bar-end shifters with really long cable runs and everyone loves them! :-)Stem shifters were the worst of all the kinds I've tried. The longer cable housings today however are using a cable type that didn't exist in the days of stem shifters, being wound differently so they're not so compressible. Down-tube shifters truly are the best though, except for their location. In the case of the front derailleur, there is no cable housing at all with DT shifters. The rear derailleur has only 8-10" of cable housing total. Today's 10-speed Dura-Ace DT shifters are indexed for the rear derailleur, and friction for the front, which is perfect. Their action has the quickest, most-precise response of all the shifter types.
For ultimate simplicity and crisp shifting I think you can't beat downtube shifters.
we began experiencing problems (failure to engage) within the first 500 miles.
Historically, I have found that cheaper hubs (Campy) require minimal service and I usually don't have to do anything but keep the cones properly adjusted, repack them after about 10000 miles and they'll go for 20000 miles or more.