Welcome to the
Bendix bicycle hub page. Here, you will find information about
this hub which will help you get one running again.
The first hub was the 1-speed coaster brake hub, made by the Eclipse Machine Co. in Elmira, NY.
The company was bought by Bendix, and the hub became the Bendix Red band Hub. It had a single red band around it.
I don't know when this was made.
The 2-speed cable operated hub was made from 1952 to 1961.
The Automatic hub was made from
1960 to 1969. It was last listed in the 1970 Schwinn Catalog.
There were 3 types of Automatic Hubs, identified by band
color: Red, Yellow, and Blue bands. The Red Band was made 1960-1964.
The Yellow and Blue Bands were made 1965-1969.
The red and
yellow band hubs have a low gear: 1 sprocket turn for .67 hub turn
to go up hills easier. High gear is 1:1. The hubs would go on bikes
with 26" and 24" wheels. They were also used on bikes with 20"
wheels and 46-teeth sprockets. The red and yellow hubs have some
different parts in them that won't interchange. Check the diagram
for the different brake parts of each hub.
The blue band has
1:1 low gear, and high is overdrive: 1 sprocket turn for 1.5 hub
turn. These are used on bikes with 20" wheels and 36-teeth sprockets
to go further on flat roads.
|BENDIX 1-SPEED COASTER BRAKE HUB DIAGRAM |
|BENDIX MULTI-SPEED (HA! 2-SPEED) POWER BRAKE HUB DIAGRAM |
|BENDIX KICKBACK HUB DIAGRAM |
|BENDIX HUB INSPECTION
Index Spring Repair
I learned a little trick to get past the worn out "Shift" spring that are next to impossible to get. (Well I see them on Ebay now and again for around $30!)
What happens to the springs is, there are 3 tabs that stick out from the spring, and at the end of the tabs they are slightly bent out, these ride on a series of grooves and eventually they wear out. If you just CAREFULLY take 2 sets of pliers and, while holding the tab with one set very near the end, bend the tip of the tab out about 1/32 of and inch or less, you can get the old ones to work like new again. Also, some times just filing down the end of the tab so it's flat will do the trick as well! When they wear the end of the tab gets beveled the wrong way and then they no longer can catch in the grooves and so they stop shifting. I've fixed several this way including the one on my Phantom and now it works like a DREAM.
Brutus Kend, Eugene, OR.
I never knew any girls who looked at bikes.
patch is for people who have taken a Bendix hub apart, cleaned
and lubricated it, and gotten it working. Sew the patch on a
work shirt to show your accomplishment. $5 each, which
includes shipping. Send personal check to:
UPS Store PMB #250
2107 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033