Wheels & Wheel weights
The first wheels where of a full metal flat strip spoke design. With metal paddles on the outer rims (12 paddles). These necessitated a outer metal rim to travel smoothly on roads or hard surfaces. Later there was a rounded spike (12 spikes) facing alternative directions – similar to the early metal tractor wheels on Fordsons etc.
You could also fit extension rims/wheels for added traction and outer metal rims (+ rubber) for tarmac.
The motoculteurs were very versatile and where used on many types of surfaces. Subsequently they were fitted with, metal wheels, spikes, outer rims, metal bands, metal bands with rubber surface, grooved larger outer bands and rims for use on rail tracks.
Weights were available with no insignia from the first B & C machines. They were positioned closer to the chassis on the internal rim of the metal wheel. Many people added them to the external rim as well to improve weight and thus traction.This especially happened when the C & D range were available with a rubber tyre. The first metal rims fitted with tyres where labelled Dunlop 565 and would have come as a package with tyre from that manufacturer (who outsourced the wheel rims). Pneumatic tyres appear in 1937/8 catalogs with a cut tread pattern.
The early models up to 1937 used a flat metal plate with a concave center drilled 4 times for the wheel nuts. The greasing of the wheel shaft and perforated locking disc for directional lever operated changes was accomplished using a small reservoir, which was turned on a regular basis with a top screw cap to dispense the grease. This was spring loaded, and needed refilling on a regular basis.
Later models changed to a Energic branded alloy hub cap with a large 2 cm access bolt with a felt washer to allowing greasing of the wheel shaft and directional locking parts.
Read more about Energic Wheel clutch pins here.
Read more about Energic Fan assembly and grease cups here.
Read more about Energic Motobécane engines and history here.
Read more about Energic motoculteur C7 B4L here.
Read more about Energic motoculteur D9 B5L here.
Read more about Energic motoculteur D9 S Bloc here.
Read more about Energic motoculteur C7 S Bloc here.
Read more about Energic History here.
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