I wanted to thank her for bringing in this classic bike, as it reminded me why I enjoy working on bikes. Most of the time it's about meeting cool people who enjoy living with bicycles, as I do. This time it also reminded me that I enjoy working in the bike biz because on occasion it is about the adventure of troubleshooting a project that I have never seen before.
Thus was the case with Cassandra' bike from the late 1970s. I had only seen one of these in the past. Even so, I didn't have the chance to work with it so this new project was a lot of fun to dig in to.
Her bike comes with a gear system from Shimano called the Shimano Front Freewheel System (FFS). In this system the freewheel is mounted on to the crank, instead of on the wheel.
The point of the system is that it allows the rider to shift gears while coasting. Renowned cycling guru, Sheldon Brown (RIP), called it "a solution in search of a problem". I believe he was right, as the system was discontinued in the early 1980s.
Having Cassandra' bike here, gave me the chance to explore a bit of classic technology and learn more about cycling history. I would never have had that opportunity had she not entrusted me to work on her bike.
Thank you Cassandra.