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Source for retro freewheel hubsets?(5 posts)

Source for retro freewheel hubsets?MLCrisis
Jan 12, 2003 7:40 PM
I'm looking to build some humble wheels to use on my 1970s road bike (120 mm rear dropouts). I'd rather not spread the frame if I don't have to. Does anybody know of a source for new (or old NOS) quick release hubsets for old style 5 sp. freewheel setups like mine? I know Phil Wood still sells them but my budget probably won't allow for this. Thanks!
For cheap old hubsetsOldEdScott
Jan 13, 2003 5:57 AM
I'd honestly just scour local yardsales, as well as Goodwill and Volunteers of America. For 10 bucks you can buy an old five-speed that has probably not been ridden much, and the hubs are likely in good shape -- they'll just need cleaning and lubing. Plus you get other parts you may need as well. I have a box full of essentially new freewheels stipped off yardsale bikes. You can find real bargains.
Check the dumpster at the LBSStraightblock
Jan 13, 2003 12:48 PM
Most bike shops don't re-lace wheels on low-to-middle line bikes. They buy machine-built ready-to-go wheels & just toss the old wheels out. I once had a box of old Normandy, Shimano and Sanshin hubs from my days at the LBS, but they've gone on project bikes or been dismantled for parts by now. Ask someone at the LBS. They may have some used or old stock hubs, or maybe they'll keep an eye out some for you.
Flea markets, internet dealers, my garage ...Humma Hah
Jan 20, 2003 3:49 PM
Depending on your patience and location, there are a few great flea markets for bike parts, often associated with velodromes. I know San Diego, CA, and Trexlertown, PA hold these about twice a year. I picked up my 120mm high-flange 36-spoke flip-flop wheel at one in Trexlertown.

E-bay will have such parts. Try keithsbikes.com -- his inventory varies but I've bought stuff from him. Cycle Art runs cyclart.com, and they carry old parts, although they tend to be pricy.

Live anywhere near Manassas, VA? I found a perfectly good old 2x5 Peugeot in the trash recently, which nobody here seems to want. The wheels would probably be fine for you, and they're still round. Its free if you want it.
eBay (nm)Alexx
Jan 22, 2003 7:31 AM