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Regina "Super Star" Titanio freewheel

Old 05-16-23, 07:56 PM
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Regina "Super Star" Titanio freewheel




The Classic Sales gallery has a Regina aluminum freewheel for sale. The body is steel, and the cogs are aluminum. During my Merz Mfg. days, I poured through parts catalogs and European cycling publications. I found that Campagnolo USA, which also sold other Italian bike parts, listed a Regina "Super Star" freewheel. It's fully made from titanium. I have only seen two of these ever, and I sold both of them! This was during the same period that Regina made a titanium chain. One of my best customers, Ray Youngberg of Salem Oregon, asked me to build him a cost no object time trial bike. He really wanted a light bike to win the Oregon State Chapionships for time trail. I was reluctant to show him this freewheel option, my price was something like $200. The normal Regina Oro freewheel was something like $10. The titanium chain cost me $100, a normal Oro chain was $5! he went for both items. About 2 years ago I asked Ray about what he was going to do with his bikes, he was 90+ years old. He agreed to sell me the time trial Merz, then died a few weeks later. He gave all his bike stuff to a shop I Salem, and I got the bike for what we agreed on. Ray had only ridden the bike 2 times. It now weighs 14.5 pounds, put 28 hole rims and I did a few more titanium bits for it. Here is the bike:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/FtSCLfXYGv7Metyt5

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Did he win the time trial?
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More information on your design for the brake cable through the seat post, please.
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Oh my god, the freewheel was half as expensive as the frame itself...the chain not far behind.

Gorgeous detail work, all the drillium. I think my favorite are the quick release levers. Simple, and elegant.
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Originally Posted by iab
Did he win the time trial?
Could well have.

From his 2021 obit:

"...the first and only five-time Utah State Bicycle Racing Champion..."
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How did you get it down to that weight, Jim? Thatís crazy.

Fascinating that it used cantilevers. Were they lighter?
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Thanks for sharing this very unique bike which you built! Wow! It's gorgeous!

Being the freewheel medic that I am, I must ask, do you know if the ball bearings, pawls, and pawl spring were also made of titanium?
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Yes, Ray won his race with this bike!
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that is quite a bike ! all the tricks

looks fast even when standing still

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Very nice work, Mr. M. Kudos.

Columbus "Record" tubing? Wasn't that the same tubing (or extremely similar to the tubing) used in Merckyx's hour record bike?
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I've never checked, but presume a 13-17 freewheel would be light regardless of what it's made of...
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Notice the stem?? It is tightened from below, though the bottom of the fork's steering tube.

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Originally Posted by tiger1964
I've never checked, but presume a 13-17 freewheel would be light regardless of what it's made of...
Around 300g, according to this source (if accurate).

The seller quotes the weight of a SunTour 13-17 5sp they have for sale as 308g. I doubt a normal (steel) freewheel from another manufacturer would be very much lighter.
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Originally Posted by Hondo6
Around 300g, according to this source (if accurate). The seller quotes the weight of a SunTour 13-17 5sp they have for sale as 308g. I doubt a normal (steel) freewheel from another manufacturer would be very much lighter.
Well, there you go. I just checked online -- in lieu of having a bunch of freewheels laying around -- and the first two Suntour 13-30 freewheels I saw weights listed for were 518g and 541g. So 308 sounds light by comparison... one would think the titanium freewheel would be lighter still. Then again, this is all esoteric, I doubt I'll ever use a 13-17 freewheel.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
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Fascinating that it used cantilevers. Were they lighter?
Echoes of Monsieur Chrono ...

Jacques Anquetil used these very same brakes on the first day of the 1961 Tour de France. The only pictures I have ever seen of this bike are of this particular race against the clock.



The rest of the Tour he used MAFAC centerpulls (and wore the yellow jersey), including the second time trial stage on le Quatorze Juillet:



Apparently the advantage wasn't that big.
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Heck with the freewheel, tell us more about the incredible frame build!
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