Re: [CR] Grand Flasque Hubs on Bikes?

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Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 09:07:04 -0800
To: Amir Avitzur <>, <>
From: Jan Heine <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Grand Flasque Hubs on Bikes?

At 12:52 PM +0200 2/21/10, Amir Avitzur wrote:
>Does anyone actually ride bikes with rivetted flanges on their hubs?
>I've collected lots of Grand-Flasque hub photos, but not one of a hub
>built into a wheel, let alone a ridden wheel.
>Has anyone seen a photo of a bike with Grand-Flasques?
>Amir Avitzur
>R"G, Israel

There were lots of team bikes from Rene Herse with riveted-on "grandes flasques." The tandem that came first in Paris-Brest-Paris (see "The Competition Bicycle") was equipped with them.

Ernest Csuka's Alex Singer tandem also had riveted "Grandes Flasques."

We used a rear Maxi-Car hub with riveted Alex Singer "Grandes Flasques" on our tandem in Paris-Brest-Paris 2003. If you are wondering whether those riveted large flanges are reliable, I can confirm that we had no problems, even though that hub had seen many, many miles before we got it.

As to the Prior hubs, there was a Barra with those hubs in Bicycle Quarterly a few years back, in the issue about light weight (Vol. 6, No. 4). I have never seen a photo of somebody riding a bike with those hubs, though.

Jan Heine Editor Bicycle Quarterly 2116 Western Ave. Seattle WA 98121