Bicycle Mechanics - Special tools to loosen freewheel?
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Do you need any special tools to loosen up a freewheel to get to the ball bearings? special as in specialized not-everyday tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers and stuff like that..
08-18-04, 08:10 PM
For most freewheels you need a pin spanner or for some a two tooth tool that looks like a freewheel tool but smaller in diameter
08-18-04, 08:20 PM
I presume you really are talking about a "free wheel" and not a cassett. In the past when my bikes had free wheels I used to get very angry because every new bike or wheel I obtained require a different speacial free wheel remover. I am not sure of how many of these I still have left, but you would be welcome to them if there is some way to get them to you. Because of these difficulties with the tool I would suggest that you go to your local bike shop and get their help in this matter.
thanks for the offer rob...i guess i'll bring it to my LBS instead...
any image link to a 'freewheel tool'?
08-18-04, 08:28 PM
Oh yes. If you want to get the freewheel off of the hub that could require one of about thirty tools, I have four pounds of them sitting under my bench vice. I was thinking of the bearings in the freewheel itself, all 80 plus of them. A pin tool will access them.
Look down the freewheel along the axle, if there are a bunch of splines, you can probably get one(There are at least five of these, two of the tools are no longer made for sure. If it has four cutouts in its face you can get one. If it is not one of these two styles you might want to take it into a shop and have them make sure you get the right one or just have them remove it.
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