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Old 11-28-06, 12:11 PM   #1
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"Never do something you can't undo."

So, I'm looking at this freewheel, and I just realized: I have no ffff..reaking clue how I am going to remove the damn thing from the wheel, once I put it on and ride it.

How is the freewheel removed? I just don't see any splines or anything, no idea how this can be possible.
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Old 11-28-06, 12:15 PM   #2
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Can you describe the freewheel appearance, or attach or link to a picture? I can't answer you if there's nothing for me to go by in knowing what sort of freewheel you've got.
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maybe the internet can help:

http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=48
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So, I'm looking at this freewheel, and I just realized: I have no ffff..reaking clue how I am going to remove the damn thing from the wheel, once I put it on and ride it.

How is the freewheel removed? I just don't see any splines or anything, no idea how this can be possible.
See: http://sheldonbrown.com/freewheels

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Old 11-28-06, 01:19 PM   #5
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Can you describe the freewheel appearance, or attach or link to a picture? I can't answer you if there's nothing for me to go by in knowing what sort of freewheel you've got.
Well, as I told you - no splines. But here's a few pics to clarify my assertion:


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There are no removal fittings on this freewheel. Once you put it on, you will probably have to destroy it to get it off.
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Old 11-28-06, 01:31 PM   #7
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My freewheel has those two notches, but they seem somewhat circular. The ParkTool FR-2 seems to fit into somewhat elongated notches. I can only judge from the picture, but I can't see, for example, if those prongs are a bit slanted so that they would work with the circular notches on my freewheel.

I hope what I just said made sense.

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Old 11-28-06, 01:33 PM   #8
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Two chainwhips?
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My freewheel has those two notches, but they seem somewhat circular. The ParkTool FR-2 seem to fit into somewhat elongated notches.
The FR-2 is specifically designed for the removal of very common old Suntour freewheels. The notches on the Suntour freewheels are very deep, allowing full insertion of the tool and maximum leverage. The two circular notches in your pictures will not accommodate a freewheel removal tool and are not designed for one.

Two chainwhips will not work.
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Old 11-28-06, 02:15 PM   #10
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Removal will involve crushing the freewheel in a vice. Next time, spend more money on something other than a Dicta.
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Old 11-28-06, 02:50 PM   #11
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Old 11-28-06, 03:11 PM   #12
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I tried to remove one of those once with an old school 2-pin BB tool, but no luck. Couldn't get enough purchase on the shallow holes.
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I tried to remove one of those once with an old school 2-pin BB tool, but no luck. Couldn't get enough purchase on the shallow holes.
This is a very cheesy freewheel. Remove with a hammer and punch (using one or both of those holes) or destructively as explained at http://sheldonbrown.com/freewheels

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For future reference, who makes quality freewheels that can be removed nondestructively?
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Ha, thanks! It was free, but I would like to use the wheel on something else if I can get the worn out freewheel off it! Thanks for the tip
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For future reference, who makes quality freewheels that can be removed nondestructively?
See: http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/singl...tml#freewheels

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Old 11-28-06, 03:36 PM   #17
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I tried to remove one of those once with an old school 2-pin BB tool, but no luck. Couldn't get enough purchase on the shallow holes.
Those holes are only there to facilitate initial assembly of the freewheel or for tinkerers like me who like to take them apart just to see if I can successfully get them back together.The ring that those holes are in is left hand threaded, so if you could get something to grip there, like an air chisel (yep, I've done that too, and it works),It will not loosen as you force it counter clockwise to remove the whole assembly.
I have found the quickest and easiest way to destructively remove a freewheel is to tack weld the rotating part to the non rotating part and go to it with a chain whip. Works every time.
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Old 11-28-06, 06:13 PM   #18
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Thanks for the link. The White Industries stuff looks top-notch, not to mention the eccentric freehub which solves the chain tension issues.

I am too newbish for freewheels yet still, but one of these days, I'm going to get around to a fixie project, but this will come after I can ride in a peloton without endangering people around me.

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Old 11-28-06, 06:30 PM   #19
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ACS, Shimano, etc etc etc. Pretty much everybody but Dicta's can be removed. Well, except for Schwinn factory freewheels on those stupid choppers. No way to take them off but destroy them.,,,,BD
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am too newbish for freewheels yet still, but one of these days, I'm going to get around to a fixie project- mlts22


"fixies" don't have freewheels
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