Re: [CR]Block Chain , When ? was Block chain still available?

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Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2003 12:13:44 -0400
From: "Joe Bender-Zanoni" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Block Chain , When ? was Block chain still available?
To: Raoul Delmare <>,, "Bruce C." <>
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Raoul asked about block chain being made and used up until the 1960s. The context is real block chain with a solid inner linking piece, two side plates etc. and not a roller in sight.
>From my own experience I think block chain was even sold new in the 1960s. Keep in mind this would be used by tradition minded sprinters only. My 1959 Frejus track bike had a Regina block chain, and Campagnolo 1" pitch cogs. The Frejus catalog skips the chain in the equipment listings, although I gather Frejus favored Everest cogs and chains. I tend to think the chain was original on the Frejus because it is darn hard to wear them out.

I suspect Regina was the last block chain made new.

Per the 1939 Oglaend's catalog available from Velo-Retro a Diamond Block Racing chain was $ 4.80 wholesale and a Diamond No. 61 Roller chain was $2.50.

Anyone have later catalog entries for block chains?

Joe Bender-Zanoni Great Notch, NJ
> But , about block chain being used by sprinters up into the 1960's , and
> big name chain manufacturers actually making block chain in "fairly modern"
> times . . .
> Are we talking about the same thing ?
> Solid steel blocks of metal , connected by side-plates , and held together
> with steel pins ? Solid steel blocks ?
> Normally , almost always , almost every time , when someone is talking
> about "skip-tooth" chain , they are talking about
> one-inch-pitch-roller-chain . And just to be clear , although you can
> use a normal "half-inch" chain on "skip-tooth" cogs and ainwheels -
> you can NOT use a one-inch-pitch-roller-chain on "half-inch" cogs and
> chainwheels .
> Block chain and one-inch-pitch-roller-chain can be used interchangeably
> ( assuming that they are roughly the same width ) . But block chain is
> made up of solid steel blocks , connected by steel side-plates .
> And major manufacturers were making actual block chain , not only well into
> the 20th Century , but even after World War II ?? ??
> I'm very interested . Thanks !