[CR] Regina Oro vs. Regina CX freewheel


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To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
From: Bianca Pratorius <biankita@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2009 19:17:17 -0500
Subject: [CR] Regina Oro vs. Regina CX freewheel


I swapped out a Regina Ora five cog freewheel for the CX that came with the Coppi bike I just cleaned up. That peculiar off clicking sound of the old CX was offensive and plain wrong. If Reginas had three pawls and one was hanging up because of a broken spring, then it made sense that the freewheel was still perfectly functional but just sounded awful. What's the deal with the Regina line up from those years? Wasn't the Oro the top of the line and others like the America and the CX lower in quality? What was the difference in construction between the various models? I remember that Suntour used to tout better performance from their different models but as one shop owner in SF (people's bike and tool) used to say - the Suntour Perfect is perfectly good as are all the Suntours on up. It seems to me that the Reginas were all perfectly finnicky all the way up to the top of the line model I have on my Raleigh (It's loud and sounds like rattling balls on some days).

BTW I'll be posting photos of the completed Coppi soon. I rode it tonight in record cold temperatures for Florida. It was sweet and smooth and braking squeel free even with the old Campy pads that came on it. It's so cool to invigorate a piece of history on a maiden ride. I always get the feeling the bike is thanking me for being freed from its former less attentive owner. This one was never really abused but more like discarded and unappreciated.

Garth Libre in Miami Florida USA