Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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The original late 1960s and early 1970s SunTour freewheels had a 14-tooth minimum. The SunTour Winner had a 13-tooth minimum, as did the Reginas and Atoms of the same period.
To me, a 14-tooth high is NOT worthless gearing! The early 1970s Peugeot PX-10s had the same 100-inch 52/14 top gear as most of the other 10-speeds of that era. I use 13-tooth high cogs now only because I also use smaller outer chainrings.
My top gears are:
Bianchi: 50/13 = 104 inches
PKN-10: 48/13 = 100 inches
Capo: 50/14 = 96 inches
Schwinn: 48/13 = 96 inches (26" wheels)
UO-8: 45/13 = 93.5 inches
I rarely feel the need for a higher gear, but I am also comfortable spinning at, say, 100 RPM.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069