I'm reasonably sure they go back quite a bit earlier. If we look at the older literature you will see 3-sp clusters being used back into the '30's. The Regina cluster is Italy's answer to the Sturmey-Archer hub. Many adult and going on down in wheel size had these clusters and a simple derailleur for low-medium-high gear. They often used 3/32 width cogs so you could use 1/8 or 3/32 chains. Most bikes had an abbreviated chainguard wide enough in the rear to accommodate the lateral movement. The internal hub just didn't catch on in Italy and other countries. This cluster is a stock item, albeit a little out of date now. If you want to use something like this you will have to experiment somewhat on derailleur and chain interface and clearance with the shift compatability so it works nice and smoothly. Hope this helps a little. Ted Ernst Palos Verdes Estates, CA
> This is just a guess - but I wonder if this is from the 1960s
> or '70s and was intended for use with a child's racing bike? I
> saw a number of those bikes in Italy at that time. You've
> probably seen a number of them, too, in England. The ones I
> saw looked like miniature adult racing bikes but lacked a front
> derailleur and had fewer gears in the rear.
> I never took notice of the spacing on the freewheel
> sprockets but perhaps these were left wider than normal because
> a child would not be expected to be as dextrous with the
> shifters as an adult?
> Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
> --- Peter Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> A fellow V-CC member has shown me a Regina Corsa 3 speed
>> freewheel hub that I have not seen before. There is a photo
>> of it at
>> be all
>> original, although the spacing between the sprockets is wider
>> than I
>> would have expected to find on a 4 or 5 speed hub. Can
>> anyone please
>> tell me anything about this hub, particularly what period it
>> was from,
>> and if it was designed for any special application.
>> Peter Brown. Lincolnshire. England
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