View Single Post
Old 03-19-18, 03:04 PM
ThermionicScott's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: CID
Posts: 18,474

Bikes: 1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX, 1980s Raleigh mixte (hers)

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2028 Post(s)
Liked 98 Times in 81 Posts
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.
Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
Originally Posted by noglider
People in this forum are not typical.
RUSA #7498
ThermionicScott is offline