[Classicrendezvous] 1/8" v 3/32" chain for 4-sp v. 5-sp blocks

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Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2000 22:41:07 -0400
To: chuckschmidt@earthlink.net, Cino1947@aol.com, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Harvey M Sachs" <sachs@erols.com>
Cc: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
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Subject: [Classicrendezvous] 1/8" v 3/32" chain for 4-sp v. 5-sp blocks

Chuck may be right on the 1/8" chain being for singles and up to 3 freewheels. I know that 3/32" was used on 5-speeds by 1961. Somehow, I thought that my fantasy reading in the 60/61 Sears WishBook led me to believe that at least their model with 4-speed freewheel and 26" wheel used the 1/8" chain. Talk about early shifting with something that stiff laterally! Fortunately, I didn't start with that one, but with the Ted Williams Sport Special, with 27" Weinnmann alloy rims, normandy hf hubs, and campy GS derailleurs. Think it was a Puch since it said Made in Austria. Fun bike, got stolen the next summer.

harvey sachs nostalgia uber alles.

At 06:39 PM 10/22/2000 -0800, Chuck Schmidt wrote:
>Cino1947@aol.com wrote:
> >
> > Does this chain go with Campagnolo Gran Sport equipment, say for a 1950"s
> > Bianchi?
> > Josh Berger
> > <A
> HREF="http://ebay.com/<blah>
> > Click here: eBay item 470891505 (Ends Oct-26-00 18:34:03 PDT) - 1950s
> Regina
> > Gran Sport bicycle chain NIB #3</A>
>No, the early 1950s Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleur used the typical
>3/32" derailleur chain not the 1/8" chain, (the pulley cage is stamped
>"CATENA 3/32" and the body is stamped "DA 14 A 26 DENTI"). It was for a
>four or five-speed freewheel. The 1/8" chain is for track or early
>(1930s) three-speed freewheel derailleurs.
>Chuck Schmidt
>South Pasadena, California