Re: [Classicrendezvous] Helicomatic Bearings

Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 14:53:53 +0000
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Helicomatic Bearings
From: Bob Reid <>
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
In-Reply-To: <>

Okay now I've stopped the sarcasm, I'll give the whole story ;

Customer walks in with a helio hubbed wheel & asks for new bearings - he's already stripped it and doesn't have the old bearings with him. So I think I've nothing better to do than put 1/4's on the left and 5/32's on the right. Not so ! with 1/4" bearings in the right-side you can't get the axle through the hub, let alone the cones on the bearings. Back to the drawing board and hence the question. I end up stripping another NOS Helico Matic hub of similar appearance but four years old (84) and find the 13 x 5/32's in both sides. End of problem.

It could be that the low to middle end Maillard hub's used this arrangement and it was the top-end stuff that used 1/4" on the left ! I don't know. Thanks for the answer anyway.

Bob Reid Stonehaven Scotland

> From: Jerry & Liz Moos <>
> Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2000 09:18:39 -0500
> To: Bob Reid <>
> Cc: Classic Rendezvous <>
> Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] Helicomatic Bearings
> Bob, I just checked Sheldon's website. He has a section on Helicomatics under
> French Bicycles, and it implies there there that the 13 5/32 was on the right
> side only, while the left was the usual 9 1/4. Don't think I'm ambitious
> enough to strip one of my Heliocomatics to resolve this discrepancy.


> Regards,


> Jerry Moos