The ads read like they've reinvented fire. Gone are the terrifically inefficient square taper bottom brackets of yesterday. They've been replaced with something newer, better, and sparklier. "Stronger", "More efficient", "Stiffer", are the buzzwords. As if folks have been perpetually searching for solutions to why they were distorting their bottom brackets in a grotesque display of power over inferior designs. No doubt the marketers of your favorite alloy and carbon crap would like you to believe that the integrated crank/bb thing is a major leap ahead in the world of cycling that they themselves have ushered in.
Well, dear reader. Feast your eyes upon these photos. Everything that is old, is new again. These photos are of an approximately 40 year old Chiorda folding bike with one hell of a integrated crank/bb. This is Feeves' new emergency bike for his not getting any younger Nissan. Allez!