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Old 03-01-09, 10:52 PM   #1
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Hi-E

I'd like this thread to be a comprehensive resource for all things Hi-E. If you've got pics of your Hi-E parts, reviews of the parts you have used, links, insight or any info at all post it up! I've amassed a little collection so I'll start with some pics of my stuff.




And one link ('cause there isn't much out there....):
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Hi_E.htm



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Old 03-01-09, 11:40 PM   #2
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I used to have one of the front hubs on the right. I think I may have had a rear hub. Don't remember what happened to them. If I did have a rear hub, it was either high flange or hi/low. My friend had high/low laced radially on the non-drive side. We both had weight weenie Teledyne titans.

I saw Phil Wood's site said he pioneered the use of sealed bearings on bicycles, and I was wondering if Harlan didn't beat him by a short time. I loved the Hi-E pedals, never owned any though.

Those rims were a trip. I knew a fairly large guy that used to ride them, he ran a stop sign (during a race? I forget) and wiped the rims out on a car. My friend with the Teledyne had the rims. Incredibly light, but my friend only weight about 120.

Did he make seatposts? I have one I have been thinking is a Hi-E, but now I'm doubting myself.

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Here's the link to the current Hi-E entries over at Velobase.
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Those rims were a trip. I knew a fairly large guy that used to ride them, he ran a stop sign (during a race? I forget) and wiped the rims out on a car. My friend with the Teledyne had the rims. Incredibly light, but my friend only weight about 120.
Most rims are extrusions, the Hi-E rims were made from aluminum sheet.
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I remember there being a seam that should be visible in the rims pictured above.
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I remember there being a seam that should be visible in the rims pictured above.
There certainly is a seam on the other side. It's kinda scary looking! The seam coupled with the extremely light weight of the rims is not very confidence inspiring....
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only one front hub, and it's SOLD 32-hole NOS and included the not-correct but still sort of related American Classic skewer in B&W.

I wonder if both Bullseye (Burbank, CA) and Harlan didn't beat out Phil Woods in the use of seal cartridge bearings...anybody know? Another trivia question: Harlan was selling a load of his equipment and supplies a few years back (but not *everything*, primarily just his rim-making stuff) anybody know who bought him out?

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Phil was around in 1971 for sure.

Hi-E was the first to use needle bearings in a front hub, the small diameter early units promoted that, the heavy duty larger barrel diameter versions might have been different.
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Don't forget Bill Shook, his hubs migrated to become Weyless. (Designing the Future)
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Bill Shook also was the man behind American Classic, which he sold and then *bought back*! I see there's a pic on CR showing Harlan making adjustments to one of his Cosmopolitan bikes in 1971...so maybe he tied with Phil Wood in the "first cartridge bearing" race.
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I had forgotten about Bill Shook. I don't think it was all that easy in the mid '70s for a teenager in the mountains of Virginia to get his stuff. Saw it at races every now and then.
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This is the only photo I found. I used to have a pair of Hi-E's that came on my wife's old Super Course. They were laced to a pristine pair of Module E rims. I dismantled the wheels, sold the Hi-E's and rebuilt the rims up with Campy hubs that are now in use on my P-13.

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I posted about my "free" Hi-e hub in another post. It's a high/low flange rear. I figured it was 36 holes, but when I went to count, it is 12 holes on one side and 24 on the drive side! I guess I need to find some symmetrically drilled 36 hole rims.

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Don't forget Bill Shook, his hubs migrated to become Weyless. (Designing the Future)
I still have a set of those. 5 speed spacing though
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I had a Hi-E water bottle cage that was held on with a traditional hose clamp...It wobbled too loose to use after a month or so...

i also had a club set of wjeels i always borrowed for time trials...The superlight ones woth the spoke nipples hidden in the rim.I always used my campy skewers,though. Never had any problems....They had green-label clement silks with red tread...They sure looked trick...
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Hi-E 32hole 135mm I hear his shop is closed/For Sale (Hi-E Engineering 2420 Cruzen St Nashville, TN, 37211)
Anyone know any more about Harlen Meyers?

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Thanks for adding your hub! I've got some more bits to add myself including some minty pedals, a spoke wrench and nipples...
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