DISRAELI GEARS

Regina Extra (2nd style)

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The Regina Extra is a rather tidy single pulley derailleur. It is impressively simple and uses affordable steel pressings - but still manages to convey an air of strength and precision.

I have found it difficult to date the Regina Extra, and have not yet managed to find it listed in any Regina catalogues. Mass produced single pulley derailleurs first appeared in the 1930s but remained a staple on Italian utility bikes right up to the early 1970s. Based on very little, my guess is that it dates from some time around 1950.

I have three of these derailleurs in this collection - and each displays slight differences from the others. This may indicate that this basic design was produced over a number of years.


This is a little used example with the following features:

  • The main arm has a single straight reinforcing ridge pressed into it.
  • The sliding cylinder is 50mm long with a 20mm long slot cut in it. Perhaps this is for a 3-speed freewheel.
  • The cable adjuster is round and knurled.
  • The cable adjuster is mounted very close to the top of the main arm.
  • There is a carefully shaped plate behind the main arm, where the sliding cylinder attaches.


  • Derailleur brands: Regina
  • Country: Italy
  • Date of introduction: 1950?
  • Date of this example: unknown
  • Model no.: unknown
  • Weight: 200g
  • Maximum cog: unknown - but not too large!
  • Total capacity: unknown - but not too large!
  • Pulley centre to centre: none
  • Index compatibility: friction
  • Chain width: 1/8”
  • Logic: low normal
  • B pivot: sprung
  • P pivot: none
  • Materials: steel
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