Welcome to the Bendix bicycle hub page. Here, you will find information about this hub which will help you get one running again.

HUB HISTORY

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.


Link to Mark Smith's Bendix Kickback Hub Overhaul Page

BENDIX 1-SPEED COASTER BRAKE HUB DIAGRAM

BENDIX MULTI-SPEED (HA! 2-SPEED) POWER BRAKE HUB DIAGRAM
PARTS LIST



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.


This 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:
Tom Findley
UPS Store PMB #250
2107 N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
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