[CR]Unusual Phil Wood Hubs??


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Date: Sun, 26 May 2002 20:45:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Neill Currie <neill1234@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Unusual Phil Wood Hubs??

Hi I scored a pair of Phil Wood Hubs/wheels at a Yard Sale today, yes, the price was right ;-) Anyway, I thought I had seen a lot of Phils, but these are unusual to me. I have taken a couple of closeups of them, and posted them here:

http://www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4291785663&congratulation_page=Y

Note: Alloy flanges with Steel barrels, some pitting present. Red "Phil" monogram on each shell. 120mm rear, 100mm front spacing. Nothing unusual so far.

The barrels are swaged out at each end, just as they enter the flanges......which are 75.3mm in diameter! These are big mothers. The flanges are recessed, or bevelled out on the insides only......quite a deep machining that may not be too apparent on the pics. The bearings appear sealed, but with metal contact seals. They don't appear to be user-friendly......I can get the tip of an exacto knife into the gap, but don't relish applying pressure to try to pop off the seals.

I have other steel-barrelled Phils that are quite different, and have nowhere near the size that these have(they are still a lightweight pair of hubs though, with Medaille d'Or rims, they seem quite feathery).

So, my questions are: I know these are old, I am guessing about 1977, but how old are they? Is it possible to pop the seals out like I do with my other Phils occasionally, and pump in fresh grease? Will someone still be riding them in 2077 <G> Many thanks.

===== Neill Currie, Portland, Me 04102, USA. The Mountain Goat website is at: http://www.geocities.com/neill1234/index.html?1011568933040