At 11:10 AM -0600 2/13/01, Byron Morton wrote:
>Can anyone on the list give any history or general information about
>Cyclo freewheels? I recently picked up a "Cyclo - Pans"
>freewheel kit and I was wondering if anyone knows much about these
>things. The kit came in a zippered blue vinyl pack and consisted of
>(1) five-speed freewheel body, spare pawls & springs, bottle of oil,
>removal tool, instructions and cogs ranging from 13T - 24T. Cogs in
>position 1 & 2 thread onto the body and cogs 3, 4 & 5 slide on. The
>body is six sided where cogs 3, 4 & 5 slide on - unlike SunTour (and
>Sachs, etc.) bodies that have splined cogs. The pawls and springs
>can be replaced with out disassembling the fw - they can be accessed
>by simply removing the cogs from the body. Apparently these kits
>were available in 6sp as well as "racing (13-24T)" and
>"touring(13-32T)" kits. I have posted a scan of one of the cogs at:
The Cyclo "Pans" was very hot stuff in its day. I believe it comes from the early '70s.
This was the first freewheel to use splined sprockets, and was very snazzy because it was much easier to change ratios on than older all-threaded freewheels.
This was a product of the French Cyclo company, not to be confused with the British Cyclo (Benelux) company--I don't believe there was any corporate connection between the two Cyclos, both of which made freewheels. French Cyclo is long gone, British Cyclo was in business up until a couple of years ago.
Sheldon "Confused?" Brown
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