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Old 09-26-16, 08:22 PM
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Does anyone know about a Helvetic bike?

I just came across a Helvetic bicycle. It appears to be a touring bike with road handlebars racks, front and back, generator lights, front and back and fenders. The derailleurs and shifters are Campy. The interesting this is that is has a 3 speed hub with a 5 speed freewheel hub and a two chai rings. I cannot find anything about this bike on the Internet. Does anyone know anything about this bike? Thanks
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Old 09-27-16, 12:33 AM
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Maybe few pictures
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Helvetica is minimalist road bike named after the font. Helvetia was the name for Swiss army bikes, maybe Helvetic is derived from that? I've found a few and they look like Swiss bikes in a German style to me. .
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Originally Posted by Iowabikeguy View Post
I just came across a Helvetic bicycle. It appears to be a touring bike with road handlebars racks, front and back, generator lights, front and back and fenders. The derailleurs and shifters are Campy. The interesting this is that is has a 3 speed hub with a 5 speed freewheel hub and a two chai rings. I cannot find anything about this bike on the Internet. Does anyone know anything about this bike? Thanks
I'm unable to comment about the make of bicycle but the gearing you describe was a popular modification in the 50s (still today for vintage enthusiasts).

Basically a 2,3 or 5 speed freewheel is attached to the SA hub and uses a derailleur this effectively gives you far more gears than a hub alone and a wider range of course - the mod is carried out just using a single chainring a double really over complicates things, in addition you have to be mindful of matching components and have the correct fitting on the hub if you're making this mod today.

I can provide more information if needed, I'd like to see some images of the setup.

John.
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Old 09-27-16, 09:20 AM
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@jyl set up his Bianchi similarly.
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