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Old 03-15-12, 07:10 PM
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Englich Front Hub Cone Wrench Size - British Standard Cycle & Metric or ?

Hi all. I am volunteer at the Velocity Bicycle Coop in Alexandria, VA.
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I do OK with the basics, but don't have much depth with a lot. A patron brought in what I think was a Hercules with a S-A 3 speed, there was electrical tape over most of the badge. Anyway, the patron had read over Sheldon's comments but the way she explained it didn't make any sense to me at the time. After I read it myself, now it does. The shop Parks cone wrenches didn't seem to make a good fit, but I was trying to keep my hands off and let the patron do the work so I didn't actually try to fit different ones myself. If the hub is a British Standard Cycle what size wrench would fit? Metric or something similar to Whitworth? I like older stuff and would invest in a wrench if I knew it was the correct tool.

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whitworth i bet, i don't deal with that kind of old stuff daily. usually use my knipex pliers wrench on the old english bikes like Raleigh's
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The flats on British bike cones made before the Brits went metric were imperial (inch/foot) sized. If it was a Raleigh product with a Phillips hub it took a 9/16" cone wrench. In any case, cones are pretty hard and in the cone vs wrench war of a sloppy fit it's almost always the wrench that loses.
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Thanks all! Calipers? What the heck . . . duh. Was one of those nights. Having the coop down-size to about 2/5 of the former space hasn't helped.
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If it has a keyway and keyed washer on the axle, you don't actually need the cone spanner assuming one cone is still tightened to its locknut. I serviced the front wheel on an old Raleigh with just a vice and a large adjustable spanner a few months ago.
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The one I helped with didn't have any lock nuts, it did have the tabbed washer. Sheldon states some don't have lock washers and the wheel was tight enough in the forks I believe it didn't come with any. And that one side doesn't have spanner flats on the cone, it is tightened down on a small shoulder on the axle. The races/cones were galled and need replacing so it is a temporary fix regardless.

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