Re: [CR]Axle or Spindle , Which Is Correct ??

Example: Racing:Roger de Vlaeminck

From: "Andrew Gillis" <>
To: "Raoul Delmare" <>, "C.R. List" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Axle or Spindle , Which Is Correct ??
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 12:02:32 -0700


Regarding axle or spindle, I've found that the two have been somewhat interchangible within bicycle lingo. So, I thought I'd check the dictionary:

Per the Compact Edition of the Oxford English dictionary, Eighteenth printing in the United States, August 1979:

Axle: The centre-pin or spindle upon which a wheel revolves, or which revolves along with it.

Spindle: A rod, usually of iron or other metal, serving as an axis upon which, or by means of which, something revolves or is turned round.

So, I'm still not clear either. I recall a bicycle magazine article from years ago which defined the usage as BB axle (the shaft turned, and the item around it remained stationary) and a hub spindle (the shaft remained stationary, and the item around it rotated).

Does anyone else have an "industry" definition?

Andrew Gillis (Long Beach, CA)