Fauber Crankset History

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thehugheseum

I live for the CABE
Apr 5, 2011
1,062
Wilsonville, United States
very cool stuff thanks for posting............heres what i notice in these early absolutely genius pioneers..............many if not all have these same ideas and somehow all are doing at the same time...........bicycles,boats,planes, dirigibles (hot air balloon)......it must have been an incredibly exciting time with everything bottlenecking and each trying to be "first" at everything........of course we can only assume everyone was ripping off everyone else's good ideas and tweeking or being first to patent
 
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hoofhearted

Saint Lactose The Tolerant
Jan 20, 2010
4,330
Fairborn, Ohio

Fauber Star Chainring currently on ebay is quite
unique .. as not many of the beautiful star-patterns
show up in the modern world.

Unique because it sports 32 teeth ... largest made
by Fauber.

Bought an astounding TWO OF THEM from Reed at
Underground Bicycles a while back ... am still joyful.

Have a very small collection of Fauber rings ... they
include ONLY the Star .. in 30 and 32 - teeth ... and
what some of us call the ''6-bubble'' ... three small
circles and three larger circles ... think Wright Brothers.

One day ... maybe soon .. maybe down the road ... some
CABEr is gonna wake up and say, ''Yarr ... now that I have
the machine for that 32-T .. Star ... I don't have the ring !!''

Whether a body has the machine or not ... that ring is
visually stunning ... not only because it is the Star pattern ..
but also because it .... well ... have you ever seen a ring
in 32-T Size ?

Give it a proper place on a main wall .. in good, natural lighting ..
it will rivet you to the floor everytime you pass thru that space.

..... patric

ring IMG_3252  32 fauber REED.jpg

 
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Waffenrad

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 18, 2012
52
That's a pretty bike and a pretty crank set, Jean Marie!

But while the star pattern looks like a Fauber star, the crank design isn't like a Fauber at all. The Fauber was a one-piece crank and an interchangeable chain ring attached with four screws. In fact even the bicycle's frame was different to accommodate a Fauber crank. The bottom-bracket hanger was larger, with slight cut outs on the sides to allow the one-piece crank to snake through.

I ride a bike with a 30T Fauber chain wheel which I made ride-able with a 12T back sprocket (NOT the 6T scorcher sprocket in the bottom picture!). I didn't know Faubers went up to 32T. We Americans sure loved our big gears; hills and knees be damned! I actually have two 30T Fauber chain wheels, plus one 24T star pattern.

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JEAN MARIE

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Mar 3, 2016
21
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Hi Waffenrad ,

thx a lot for you valuable comments ;
my 28 teeth sprocket star pattern is a bit different from the actual Fauber Star ones we can see on this post :
- only 3 holes on each leg of the star, like your 26 teeth , when a 32 teeth has got 4 holes ; this is probably due to the outer diameter influence
- the foot of the 5 legs seem thinner on mine
- there are no " excressencies" on the outer diameter between the teeths
- the holes for assembly on the crank seem asymetric , as can be seen on the reverse side

it may be a copy made in France, based on the Fauber design , or it's an actual Fauber one , made on specific design for export to Europe

regarding the crank, you may know that the patented one piece crank is pretty uncommon on the TOC french bikes ; who knows why ...
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so , it's not strange that the TOC french bike builders may have bought a special version Fauber sprocket , or modified a standard one to fit their habits , or simply made a local copy .....
may be we'll never know
 

skiptooth

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 1, 2017
665
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Tehachapi CA
what I've seen is an toc add that says great western mfg. we also make faber 1 piece cranks and fittings :rolleyes:
 

Waffenrad

Look Ma, No Hands!
Oct 18, 2012
52
I worked on a teens-twenties tandem that had Fauber-style cranks that were definitely not made by Fauber. The parts, sizes, and thread pitches were interchangeable, but the quality, finish, and design was definitely not Fauber. My suspicion is that once Fauber's patents ran out other makers adopted the standard. If Fauber didn't exercise good trademark and copyright control, I can imagine other makers using their name in a generic way, like 'Kleenex' or 'Frigidaire.'
 
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