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Old 05-25-05, 05:00 AM   #1
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Freewheel Removers

How many different types of frewwheel removers is the average amateur bike mechanic likely to need? I have a splined Shimano type and the older style two-lug. What other types are common?
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About a half dozen common[ish]. Just get what you need.

In no real order, here are the ones your likely to come across.
2 prong suntour
2 prong regina
splined regina
4 prong suntour
2 prong shimano
old shimano spline(small diameter)
new, most common, shimano spline also works on sunrace and falcon and cassette lockrings
suntour spline
campy stuff (I dunno much bout it)
Saches/SRAM freewheel may use their own I don't know.

The 2 prong(and even 4 prong) I wouldn't bother with, unless restoration is the goal. As dismantling and the use of a vise is generally needed(2prongs suck), and who would want to put something like that back on. If done carefully the vise method will not hurt the freewheel and it can be reassembled.



Always use anti-seize on the freewheel threads! It makes the future much nicer.
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The 2 prong(and even 4 prong) I wouldn't bother with, unless restoration is the goal. As dismantling and the use of a vise is generally needed(2prongs suck), and who would want to put something like that back on. If done carefully the vise method will not hurt the freewheel and it can be reassembled.


What???
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How many different types of frewwheel removers is the average amateur bike mechanic likely to need? I have a splined Shimano type and the older style two-lug. What other types are common?
Buy 'em as you need 'em. That way you don't waste money on a tool you'll never use.

Have a look at Sheldon's page on freewheel tools:

http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/tools/freewheel.html
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2 prongs suck to use, and are old enough they are usually froze on the hub. One must then dismantle the freewheel while it is on the hub/wheel so that it[freewheel] may be gripped with a vise and the wheel unscrewed from the freewheel. Why would somone want to put a 2 prong back on?
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