Old 08-14-19, 07:35 AM
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My personal memory is that high flange was IT, and ONLY high-flange would do. Sad but true - c.1975, the criteria for a good bike in my circle was alloy cotter-less crank (no matter how chintzy a swaged unit it might be!), chrome socks on the front forks, quick-release hubs, and above all high-flange. That's what all the magazines said, right?

By 1978 or so, when I got my first custom wheels, I was ready to go from high-flange Normandy Luxe Competitions to low-flange Weyless sealed-bearing hubs, because if low-flange was good enough for Eddy Merckx, well ...
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