A Guide to bicycle bearings, for bicycles made before 1958

The charts below list the ball bearing retainers used by most American bicycles before 1958. As I have time, I will add more information to this page.


Bicycles Head Hanger
Arnold Schwinn & Co. 73 or 9714 64 or 66
Cleveland Welding Co. 52 66
Colson Evans 52 66
Manton & Smith Co. (Gold Eagle) 73 66
Monark Silver King 73 66
Murray-Ohio Mfg. Co. 73 66
Rollfast 49 or 52 66
Huffman Mfg. Co. (Dayton) 52 66
Shelby Cycle Co. 73 66
H. P. Snyder Mfg. Co. 49 or 52 66
Westfield (Columbia) 49 or 52 66

Coaster Brakes Small Large
Bendix 19 42
Bendix Multi Speed Unit 42 and 68 MS38
Monark 16 42
Morrow 23 55 and 68
Musselman 23 37M
New Departure Model A 24 46
New Departure C & D D-20 D-16
New Departure 2/speed Conversion Unit 19
Perry 2 Star 55

Front Hubs
Arnold Schwinn & Co. Old 5
Arnold Schwinn & Co. 7
Arnold Schwinn & Co. Fore Wheel Brake 10
Bendix Regular 7
Bendix Heavy Duty 23
Colson Old 5
Monark Silver King 10
Murray-Ohio Old 13
Murray-Ohio 7
New Departure Old WL Model WL-20
New Departure W W-20
New Departure Y Y-20
Westfield Old 6
Westfield 13

Bearing Retainers

No. # Of Balls Size
#5 7 3/16
#6 7 3/16
#7 6 7/32
#8 5 1/4
#10 5 1/4
#13 7 1/4
#16 7 1/4
#19 7 1/4
#23 8 1/4
#24 5 5/16
#37 9 1/4
#37M 10 1/4
#38 17 5/32
#39 14 3/16
#42 10 1/4
#46 8 5/16
#49 15 3/16
#51 15 3/16
#52 15 3/16
#55 11 1/4
#64 9 5/16
#66 10 5/16
#68 12 1/4
#73 17 5/32

CCM Bearing Chart

Most bearing retainers should be available through a local bicycle store. Please support your local bicycle store. If you cannot locate the bearings that you need locally, please contact me, I may have them. In most cases one can use loose balls instead of a retainer. The same size balls must be used. Without a retainer, more balls are necessary. The way to determine the correct numbr of balls is to install as many as fit and then remove one.


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Created on 1/27/2005
Last updated on 10/25/10 The Fat Tire Trading Post