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    Freewheel/hub problem, help appreciated!

    I have a murray road bike with I believe a freewheel problem. I was biking uphill at night and all of the sudden tons of terrible noises happen and the back wheel no longer spins. This is the first time I have really taken a bikes rear hub apart so I really don't know what is suppose to be there as I am sure I lost some pieces I couldn't find on the road that dark night. There are links below with pictures to the outside/inside or the freewheel along with the hub. From what I can tell the freewheel looks okay tooth wise but I'm not understanding where the spring mechanism is that is suppose to make the wheel spin with the freewheel. Help and insight would be greatly appreciated on whether I need a new freewheel, freehub, wheel w/ freehub assembly or to take this thing to the junkyard! thanks for all your help before hand!

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    http://tinypic.com/r/23u6crn/5
    http://tinypic.com/r/2hnxm53/5
    http://tinypic.com/r/snz4ev/5

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    That WAS a Free Wheel.
    The pawls WERE located in the indents in picture 1.

    At this point, grab a pipe wrench and spin the rest of the Free Wheel off of the hub.
    Replace with another 5 speed FW if you have index shifting.
    IF you have friction shifting, you could probably install a 6 speed.

    Bet you don't know how many ball bearings you lost.

    Falcon is bottom of the heap quality wise

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    1. Take to a "Mom and Pop" LBS.
    2. Have them use an appropriate Falcon freewheel removal tool - preferably locked in a bench vise - to remove the freewheel body.
    3. While there, see if they can dig up a used 5 speed freewheel for you from their parts bin.

    =8-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrabbit View Post
    2. Have them use an appropriate Falcon freewheel removal tool - preferably locked in a bench vise - to remove the freewheel body.
    3. While there, see if they can dig up a used 5 speed freewheel for you from their parts bin.
    =8-)
    #2 is not needed since the outer shell is gone and a pipe wrench will act as a perfectly fine remover at this point.
    #3 is also not needed as new 5-speed freewheels are still available and a new chain is probably needed at this point also.

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    And if this happens to be one of those rare occasions where a pipe wrench fails and warps the body - requiring a dremel and hacksaw, you are going to apologize right?

    #2. Easiest and most correct way.
    #3. Saves money on a 20-30 year-old department store bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrrabbit View Post
    And if this happens to be one of those rare occasions where a pipe wrench fails and warps the body - requiring a dremel and hacksaw, you are going to apologize right?
    =8-)
    Sure, in writing if you wish.

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    thanks for your help everyone. i got it all taken apart fine and picked up a used 5speed from the LBS. I didn't look like an idiot going in there thanks to your help.

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    You're welcome!

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    5. My all time favorite book is:

    Kahane, Howard. Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life

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