[CR]Cinelli Bivalent hubs

Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2002

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Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 06:52:52 -0800
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Jan Heine <heine@mindspring.com>
Subject: [CR]Cinelli Bivalent hubs

Cinelli Bivalent hubs:

It seems to me that you need three hubs (and wheels) to use the system, plus a pit or follow-car. Or are you supposed to carry the spare wheel on your back? :)

Maybe the system didn't catch on because, if you have a pit or follow-car anyhow, you might just as well put two wheels (front and rear) in there. (Or better: four!)

Of course, the miscommunication that sometimes occurred even with the pros, where the support person comes running with a rear wheel despite the front one being flat, won't occur with Bivalents.

Or am I missing something about their use? Of course, the fact that they didn't catch on in a big way makes them all the more collectible now.

As far as spoke hole counts: In a pinch, you ride whatever you can find. Due to various circumstances, I rode the 1999 Paris-Brest-Paris on a 36-hole front and 32-hole rear wheel. I'd save the 32-hole wheel for the spare: less spokes make it easier to extricate from the car, where wheels often tangle into a terrible mess with quick releases hooking up on spokes. :)

Finally, this is not meant to detract from the hubs, which are beautiful, an interesting concept, etc.

Jan Heine, Seattle