Dicta Freewheels

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Dicta Freewheels

Postby hartleymartin » Sat Nov 26, 2011 2:12 pm

Any comment on the quality of Dicta freewheels? I'm looking at having a single-speed roadster 44/18 to use as a college beater to/from station and shops from the college campus, no real hills to speak of here in Old Toongabbie.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby vaeske » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:28 pm

mate, dictas are cheap, but they do the job and quite solid. I've been on my 17t freewheel commuting to and from work for 6 months now and still no probs. I do various commutes from bowen hills to cbd going through tracks, paths, roads hills and most recently to morningside and back for a 25km trip with no issues.

I don't see the need for an expensive brand freewheel but i haven't had the trouble with mine yet so touch wood. lol

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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:36 pm

Crunchier than bowl of Granola.

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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby hartleymartin » Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:20 pm

Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I'm just going to run with the freewheel. The bicycle won't be doing lots of miles, but mostly short trips.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby BRLVR.v2 » Sun Nov 27, 2011 7:47 am

hartleymartin wrote:. The bicycle won't be doing lots of miles, but mostly short trips.

Why not go fixed then?
Sheldon would approve..., cleaner, simpler and no crunchy bearings.

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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby ldrcycles » Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:59 pm

I've got a Dicta freewheel on my Tom Wallace, 2 years use in all weather and no probs.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby vaeske » Mon Nov 28, 2011 7:52 am

BRLVR.v2 wrote:
hartleymartin wrote:. The bicycle won't be doing lots of miles, but mostly short trips.

Why not go fixed then?
Sheldon would approve..., cleaner, simpler and no crunchy bearings.


That is true!

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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby hartleymartin » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:36 pm

Thought about going fixed, but I have the freewheel in my garage and the bicycle is going to have north road bars rather than drops.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby HappyHumber » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:50 pm

You ask about the quality of something you already have at hand? Me thinks you're actually just procastinating about the build, by asking for opinions on here :D

And besides - when does the type of handlebars alter the definition of a fixed wheeled bicycle? Sounds like you're being a closet hipster, Marty.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby hartleymartin » Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:44 pm

I had one at hand. I got it cheap in a bundle of other parts NOS. I was wondering whether or not it was worth using or if I should purchase a better one.
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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby familyguy » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:12 am

I've used Dicta's on three bikes, no real probs. Just take a little time to work some grease into the pawls and they're fine. Have used Shimano as well, which are a step above in quality, but also in price. If you've got it, rock it.

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Re: Dicta Freewheels

Postby HappyHumber » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:25 pm

I do begin to question the definition of a "beater" if the perfectly functional parts already at hand are having their quality questioned.

Maybe a true beater is a bike built or repaired and given away to someone else. No guarantee expressed or implied. :D
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