Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Greater London
Bikes: Ridgeback 607sx (1998)
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Frustrataed - removing Shimano gear-set from rear wheel
With the milder weather I've got enthusiastic about cycling again during the last weeks, and 1 job that I thought I'd do was overhaul my girlfriend's bike as it had been un-used for several years. It's a catalogue jobby (A Falcon or something) and the rear wheel was in dire need of re-lubing as the existing grease had dried and crumbled away and the cones and bearings were shot too. so...
Went to Halfords and bought a new axle set and the necessary tools (chain whip, freewheel remover bolt, cone spanner and a rather large adjustable spanner and got home full of enthusiasm, then I actually tried to get the bloody thing off (following the instructions in Haynes' The Bike Book) with little success.
The axle and cones came out fine, but the freewheel simply wouldn't budge. I had no more strength to use and resorted to tapping (aka whacking) the spanner with a hammer. It's making progress but very slowly. My question is... is this normal, or is there a knack to it?
Last edited by essexminicity; 04-03-06 at 06:20 AM.