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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:32 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:36 pm
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Location: Edinburgh
Hi folks, I've just removed an old freewheel from a Dunlop Special Lightweight 27" wheel which I recently acquired.
See all pics. The wheel itself is dated 1964, so I guess the freewheel is 1964/65 - ish.

Sadly the flange on the freewheel body is goosed, presumably due to a previous attempt to remove the freewheel without the correct brand tool extractor. The sprocket cluster looks okay, and classic ratios 14,16,18,21,24.
The query is: has anyone heard of, or come across, the brand name Benelux Star? Is it Cyclo?
I've heard of Cyclo Benelux (a venerable name in classic circles!) however I've never heard of Benelux Star - and a quick Google search hasn't thrown up anything.
Any information or contributions gratefully received. Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:39 pm 
Retro Guru

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Cyclo freewheel. The earlier model had 3 half moon pawls operating simultaneously, with all cogs RH thread. The star was about 1963 and had 2 large cogs LH thread.

Looks like the attempt at removal did not tighten the remover enough, most important, I found the pressure from the hub nut helped loosen the freewheel.

You could try grinding new slots on the body, but probably have no case hardening on the ground edges.

Keith


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:11 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:36 pm
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Location: Edinburgh
Many thanks Keith for your reply and all the detailed information you have provided - much appreciated.

Must admit I'd seen a couple of old 1950's CYCLO freewheels in the past, but these were stamped CYCLO Made in England, or Made in France. I've never seen any stamped BENELUX STAR, and in that script.
It amazes me the information still held in this forum, and in peoples' heads !!

Quite a bit of the flange, both sides, has been broken off - however the main cog cluster seems still useable. I'll hunt around for a 2nd-hand replacement base with a better flange, to mate it to - if one exists anywhere !! :)
Neil


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