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    Maillard Freewheel Tool

    Hi All!

    Does anyone know where I can buy a Maillard freewheel tool?

    I have a Maillard freewheel on my '78 Raleigh Competition that requires a 20 point tool to remove. I can't seem to find this tool at local bike shops or catalog sales, so any help would be appreciated.

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    Go to bike www.bikepartsusa.com I think they will have what you need .

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    I was lucky, my LBS had one.

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    Bike Parts USA has the tools, but they don't tell you which one fits his Maillard. I think you need a Park fr-4. I have a fr-4, but the Maillards I have are the dreaded 2 prong type.

    When I need a freewheel removed that I plan to toss, I pay the LBS $5 to pull it for me. If I plan to use it, I go ahead and buy the tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikewer
    I was lucky, my LBS had one.
    After I dug through all of my oily old freewheels! That's okay, I found a new Regina I didn't know I had.

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    The FR-4 is probably what he is looking for I think that sachs-maillard is compatable with the atom tools

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    Park Tool says they don't make one for the oversized Maillard freewheels, and told me that they recommended the Bicycle Research tool. At Biketoolsetc.com it's part #BR-CT3
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    Thank you all for responding to my Maillard freewheel tool question.

    The FR-4 and BR-CT3 tools look close to what I need. However, the grooves on these tools appear to be square, whereas my freewheel appears to have scalloped preparations.

    Having said that, I might try one anyway; they’re not too expensive.

    Jason

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    Is this a Malliard Helicomatic hub by any chance?

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    Bekologist,

    I wondered the same thing. How do you identify a Helicomatic freewheel???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Curtiss
    Hi All!

    Does anyone know where I can buy a Maillard freewheel tool?

    E-Bay...got mine in the mail yesterday! Check out a vendor called bikesplus. This is for the Helicomatic hub.
    Last edited by cooker; 10-20-05 at 07:18 PM.

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    Is this the maillard tool that doubles as a bottle opener and spoke wrench?

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    check Sheldon on helicomatics... but if it's splined like a normal freewheel (only with a larger internal diameter) it's not a helicomatic.
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    A Helicromatic is splined and uses a lockering, every other freewheel is threaded and screws onto the hub.

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    I don't remember how to tell the difference in appearance, but once the cogs come off wether you have a helicomatic or not becomes very clear. It sounds like yours is non Helicomatic, no bottle opener spoke wrench lockring tool in your future, luckily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    A Helicromatic is splined and uses a lockering, every other freewheel is threaded and screws onto the hub.
    Right. Clarifying what I meant by "splined" in my previous post: Standard freewheels have a circular depression in the center with splines on the inside of that hole to fit a removal tool. Helicomatic freewheels have a lockring extending outward at the center, with splines around the outside edge of that lockring.

    If it's an innie, it's not helicomatic. If it's an outie, it might well be.
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    Thanks brokenrobot,

    Mine is an innie; so no helicomatic.

    And no, you don't know my mom.

    Jason

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    Just a quick update on the Maillard freewheel tool.

    Roadpig and Dirtdrop were spot on with their Park FR-4 recommendation. I bought one and it worked perfectly!

    Thanks,

    Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Curtiss
    Just a quick update on the Maillard freewheel tool.

    Roadpig and Dirtdrop were spot on with their Park FR-4 recommendation. I bought one and it worked perfectly!

    Thanks,

    Jason

    Good to know! Somebody ought to tell Park
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