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Originally Posted by Kontact View Post
How were 6 speeds used in the '60s before 126? Just too much dish and lots of broken spokes?
I think the spacing was more nebulous back then... a 5-speed bike might be 120-124ish mm, 6-speed required a definite bump up to 126ish, and 7-speed freewheels generally require a little bit more than that in practice.

But yeah, concern over broken spokes must have been what kept most people (outside of racers) from adopting 6-speed. My "Rene Herse" book mentions that during the Technical Trials, some constructeurs made their own 6-speed freewheels by brazing an extra cog onto regular 5-speed units -- and that was in the 1940's!

I wasn't around in the 60's or 70's, so this is just what I've gleaned from previous threads and articles.
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