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    Is it possible to do...

    Hi all,

    I'm 7,000 mi. from my tools, too dang far downhill(6 mi) from the bike shop and w/out a car. I'm also too irritated and cheap to buy ANOTHER chainwhip and impatient to wait for one thru the mail by internet purchase.

     Can I remove a cassette from a freehub without a chainwhip, using only a lockring removal tool? I remember reading somewhere of a homebrew method of imitating a chainwhip using the chain on the  bike or a length of another for this. This is probably something from bikelore many years ago.

     Thanks 

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    I have been up all night and my reasoning skills are shot, but you may be able to rotofix (rotafix?) it off. I know it can be done on a fixed gear, but am having trouble thinking through the implications of a freewheel. Wouldn't hurt to search for more info on it though.

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    Try using an old piece of chain and a visegrip. Good luck.

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    I've done it before. Wrap a chain around one of the cogs so that the chain is on the ground on the forward side of the free wheel (direction of forward rotation), make sure you've got a few inches of chain on the ground. Lean the assembly with chain side out against a wall or something like that, put the cassette removal tool in place, step on the part of the chain that is on the ground, and proceed to remove the cassette. I got this idea from Utahmountainbiking.com. He says:

    "If you don't have a chain whip, just use a section of chain to immobilize the freewheel. I just take an old broken chain, drape it over the top of the big cog, then stand on the other end with [your] foot. Works great!"

    Eventhough I normally use a chain whip, this fix works great in a bind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Try using an old piece of chain and a visegrip. Good luck.
    +1 Jury rig something with an old piece of chain
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    Here is the rotafix method.

    http://204.73.203.34/fisso/eng/schpignone.htm

    It should work since you can reverse the process to secure the cog/freewheel from either direction of rotation. Make sure you protect the bottom bracket shell from the chain with a rag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    +1 Jury rig something with an old piece of chain
    old chain piece + 2x4 + 1 nail = hillbilly chainwhip

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    When I needed to change cogs I just used an old chain. It never occurred to me that it may not be possible, so I just approached it logically and it worked just fine.

    I put the splined remover in a vice, wrapped the chain around the cogs, put the wheel into the remover and grabbed the chain and spokes together in a rag and turned.

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