Re: [CR]The Zen of 7 mm Hex Key stems

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

Date: Tue, 03 Jan 2006 19:23:08 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
Subject: Re: [CR]The Zen of 7 mm Hex Key stems
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Harvey M Sachs wrote:
> Don Wilson's search for a 7 mm. hex key took me back to a night in the
> early 60s. Rice U, Houston, we raced some, and decent bikes were coming
> to campus (but don't ask about decent students. :-) ). I remember the
> night we rassled with a Frejus or Legnano which had a 7 mm. stem. There
> was nothing we could find that night that would loosen it. I finally
> used a 6 or some near-equivalent SAE, wedging it with a screwdriver
> blade on one side, and we got it freed up.
> But, my sense is that 7 mm was a pretty rare size even back then, or am
> I wrong? Does anyone know the purported advantages of the 7 over a 6?
> Yeah, the bolt is a bit lighter because of the bigger hex, but the
> wrench is heavier. Or was it just to be different?
> Clearly, this is not a critical question in the evolution of the bike,
> but I bet there are some good yarns out there...

It's French.

'nuff said...

John (
Appleton WI USA