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Old 07-18-09, 01:22 PM
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LBS vintage freebie

I have been dealing with an old school bike shop. Absolutely nothing fancy about the place. The owner is into old bikes too. I asked if anyone still made these and he gave me a used one for free. It is for 27" wheels.



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Old 07-18-09, 01:23 PM
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pardon the blur, I must be a bit twitchy today.
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Old 07-18-09, 01:39 PM
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I bought one of those new in 1973 and put it on my brand new Nishiki. In one year I had clicked my way through 3500 miles. You don't see those very often, the Lucas version is a bit more common.
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Old 07-18-09, 02:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Danw View Post
pardon the blur, I must be a bit twitchy today.
Stop focusing on your leg!
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Old 07-18-09, 03:35 PM
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as I remember the Lucas odometers were all metal too.
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I have a couple of those laying in the shop. Is there a way to tell what size wheel they are for?
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Old 07-19-09, 07:11 AM
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I had one back in the day, and the really funny thing about them is that after a while, you can tell how fast you're going by listening to the little tick tick tick sounds made by the pin as it hits the star wheel. For instance: ticktickticktickticktick= say 17-18 miles per hour where-as tick tick tick tick tick=about 12-14, and etc.
We didn't have cycle computers back then, and you had to figure out your average speed by time calculation. After a while you just knew your speed, and the little tick tick tick helped.
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Old 07-19-09, 08:12 AM
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I had one and the ticktickticktick drove me nuts bye bye
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Here's a better picture of one like yours:


This kind of setup gets a little messy when you remove and replace the wheel. Better to mount the bracket between the locknut and cone if you can.

Long ago I had one like that, and to make it as quiet as possible I made a special bracket for it, to position the striker below instead of above the hub axle, and with the pin mounted on the hub flange instead of a spoke. This is the best picture I have of it:


Here's a Lucas:


And an even older example that I think is pretty elegant:
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I've got to ask, what are the RCA cords doing on that bike above?
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I've never seen one, but my guess is that it is a connector for a hub dynamo.
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I bought a French Jeunet at a garage sale last winter for $10. It had one of those odometers on it. The original owner said he bought the bike new in 1973. I commented on the odometer and he asked how many miles was showing. It had about 350 miles on it.

"That's how many miles I rode that bike, total," he said.
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I got a Huret that had a belt drive, so no tick tick tick !
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Hey, that's pretty cool. I have a plastic one, but it's missing the part for the spokes. I bet I can guess which LBS, I have been meaning to go and dig up some cotton tape!
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Here's the vintage freebie I got at my LBS-



the blue Centurion Accordo is now in my garage, awaiting some TLC.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I got a Huret that had a belt drive, so no tick tick tick !
I've also got one of those rubber band driven Huret odos. I've taken it off because I got sick of the rubber band falling of the drive wheel.

I've put a modern speedo on that bike now.
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I've got to ask, what are the RCA cords doing on that bike above?
Transferring energy from the dynamo hub?
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