Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-25-10, 10:59 AM   #1
CitiZen
3speed
Thread Starter
 
CitiZen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Bikes: Breezer Citizen
Posts: 128
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
'way back in the dawn of time...

rear bicycle hubs used to have a little hinged cap into which one was supposed to put in a wee bit of oil once a year or so. We kids overdid it, natch.

Whatever happened to the concept of the little hinged cap? (I don't remember if it was used for single or three-speed bikes.) I'm assuming it was replaced by the all-enclosed, all-sealed, all good all the time rear hubs of today?

Please assure me I'm not the only old fart on these boards.
CitiZen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-10, 11:10 AM   #2
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
Posts: 26,736
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Sturmey Archer 3-speeds definitely had that feature. There was also a little strap to hang on your hub that kept the excess oil from accumulating on the hub. I can also remember overhauling my road bike hubs 2 or 3 times every year.

I think that modern sealed mechanisms have eliminated the need for any of that. I, for one, still remember them but I don't miss them.
Retro Grouch is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-10, 12:04 PM   #3
Bianchigirll 
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Camp Hill, PA
Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.
Posts: 22,537
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 47 Post(s)
I remember those hubs too. my Dad was an upholester and always had lots of leather around. so while we never has the little reflectors we always had those leather straps

some old 3spds had them on the BB too right? my newest Campi Record hubs from '99/'00 still have the oil clip on the front hub atleast too
__________________
Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SOLD, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape
Bianchigirll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-10, 12:37 PM   #4
FunkyStickman
On a Mission from God
 
FunkyStickman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Thibodaux, LA
Bikes: '10 Surly LHT, Rat-rod Klunker, '82 Peugeot PH12 (WIP)
Posts: 2,009
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Correct, they were for older 3-speeds. Most modern hubs (even geared ones) use grease, but you can still find oil-bath hubs if you look around.
FunkyStickman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-10, 01:12 PM   #5
nancyj
Senior Member
 
nancyj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 278
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Even the old Campy Nuovo Record hubs had oil holes and little black clips for those who wanted to use oil instead of grease (did anybody ever do that?)
nancyj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-10, 01:34 PM   #6
wahoonc
Senior Member
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
Posts: 16,687
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by FunkyStickman View Post
Correct, they were for older 3-speeds. Most modern hubs (even geared ones) use grease, but you can still find oil-bath hubs if you look around.
And some of us will even convert the newer IGH back to oil bath.

I have several of the old oil bath Sturmey Archer hubs still in frequent use. One has seen well over 30,000 miles in its life time and is still ticking along.

Aaron
__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:52 PM.