[CR]How many holes are in a hub?

(Example: Framebuilding:Restoration)

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 2004 22:47:42 -0800 (PST)
From: "Barry N. Trupes" <barry_n_trupes@sbcglobal.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]How many holes are in a hub?

Hello to all of you folks. I have been readin' the posts to this list and find them quite fascinating. Never thought about joining in on a discussion because I feel I belong on a list that should be called -bicycles 101-.

Today I am creeping out of my shell to pick the brains of the mighty wise.

I suppose I ought to introduce myself as would be common courtesy. My name is Barry Trupes and I'm originally from Baton Rouge, LA. About 40 years ago my father took a job here in Seattle and that's where I've stayed ever since.

Didn't care for all of this rain, and still don't. Don't think I'll ever understand why year after year the news keeps reportin' that the best overall cycling scene in the US in right smack-dab in Seattle.

Ok, let's get to the gettin'. My friend has an old Robin Hood three speed bicycle complete with white bar grips. We were sittin' around drinkin' the other day and got to talkin' 'bout his old Robin Hood bicycle. He has some small rinky-dink hub in the front of his bicycle, and he has a big ol' Sturmey Archer hub fitted in his rear end. Anyhow he turns to me and asks how many holes are in his rear hub (as if I am supposed to know by simply looking at it.) I said I didn't know. He was quick to set his beer down, get up out of his chair and count all of the spokes. He then looked at me as if he had won the lottery and said "40, see 40." I got up and said "not so fast." I too counted 40 a spoke as well. But I also counted an oil filler hole (in the center of the hub) and the hole that houses the shaft and balls. I countered with "42, there's 42 holes in that there hub."

Well we set back down and continued drinkin' until we couldn't count past 3.

My questions to you folks is who has the right answer? Me? Or my buddy?

Barry Trupes
Seattle, WA