Spring Spleen, Lydia Davis
Volvo 1800ES | 1972
One of the prettiest shooting brakes ever designed. And well-built. It’s a 1966 New York-based example of the Volvo 1800S that holds the world record for the highest mileage in the same vehicle. Now approaching 3 million miles. That’s 120 times around the circumference of the earth. Or 1030 roadtrips from San Francisco to New York City. Or 1764705 times driving back and forth across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Street-parked in Noe Valley. San Francisco, CA.
East Rochester Tool & Die titanium spindle pedals with Christophe Z toe clips.
Okay, these are really awesome. I have only seen these pedals in photos, but now I have a pair of my own. Here’s the story:
In the seventies, Rochester had two incredible component manufacturers; Weyless, which I have mentioned before, and East Rochester Tool & Die. ERT&D was first to market their lightweight pedal in 1974; one with a steel spindle, and the other with titanium. Both versions used a “free running” bearing design by Fafnir. Aluminum cages were staked onto the forged body to save weight and reduce cost. The dust caps are aluminum; pressed on and sealed with Loctite.
The titanium version was advertised as 241g per pair and the Christophe Z toe clips were the lightest of the era. One of the old mechanics I work with told me a little bit more about ERT&D and the people behind Weyless. He cautioned me to use them regularly, as the titanium spindles have a stress riser and are prone to breaking.
That’s okay, they were going into the glass cabinet anyway…