Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 06:35:34 EST
Paul Patzkowsky in Longmont, Colorado wrote:
"The mechanical odometer with the star-shaped wheel was made by Lucas. (or at least mine was) You had to buy a unit specific to you tire size. They were made of metal and worked forever or until the strike pin on the spokes wore through the teeth on the wheel. Mine disappeared during an overhaul at a LBS. Anyway with the Lucas on your front fork, a second hand on your watch, and a gear chart taped to your bars, you could do anything computationally. Accurate? Probably not."
As noted in an earlier post, I had a wonderful Veeder-Root. I have a really nice German unit marked "Ludw. Lowe & Co. AG Berlin NW97", with a cast case. It is marked M 264, don't know if that means it is 26" model, and don't know if it reads mi or km. (I can't even remember where I got it!).
I've seen units with similar "guts" in other applications, such as counting the number of times a fluid-control valve opened, and suspect they are still available for these uses.
Harvey "too uncontrolled to actually search for Veeder-Root" Sachs