Re: [CR] Actually using a Helicomatic?

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 18:36:00 -0700
From: "Fred Rednor" <>
To: <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Actually using a Helicomatic?

Harvey, My experience was that, for a riders who were not too heavy - let's say less than 68 kilos (i.e. 149 pounds) - the bearings were not a p roblem. Also, the people I know who used them seriously - myself included - were diligent about maintenance. That might explain why Maillard ne ver saw serious problems while testing with professional racing teams. I.e . the riders were typically not too heavy (even if they were powerful), the technicians were the best and maintenance schedules could be scrupulously maintained. Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
> Currently building a 650 b wheelset.  3x rustless 14
> gauge spokes (cut phil wo od spoke cutter that Peter Stull
> owns), Vintage Weinmann rims and now t he tough choice NOS
> first generation shimano 600 cassette UG hubs or Ma illard
> Helichomatic.
> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> I keep a Helicomatic wheel around (and a Helicomatic beer
> opener), but my sens e was that there is a consensus that
> this "missing link" between the FW and the cassette had a
> real weakness: undersized right bearing set tha t was prone
> to fail (Oddly enough, this "feature" affected the later
> off-topic Sachs 8-speed Cassette hub, too). In contrast, I
> think that the alternative was a much better design. But, I
> could be wrong, and I do enjoy playing with the
> Helicomatic.  Several years ago, I somehow acquired a
> stack of 40 or so loose Helicomatic cogs that I spread amon g
> listmembers, don't think I have spares any longer.
> Perhaps, like the Cinelli M-71 "widowmaker" pedal, it
> should go in a collection of Great Ideas that Needed Just a
> Bit More Thought
> harvey sach s
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