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    where to find new free wheel 6 speed gear

    Hi,
    Most of the free wheel 6 speeds are geared for mountian bike anyone still make a good one for road use.
    Doug

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    Several sources. Check with Bike Nashbar and Harris Cyclery.

    Also ebay is a good source.
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    When I replace a 6 speed freewheel, I typically go with a 7 speed freewheel, since the spacing is basically the same 126mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceNine View Post
    When I replace a 6 speed freewheel, I typically go with a 7 speed freewheel, since the spacing is basically the same 126mm.
    Technically, a 7-speed needs another 2mm on the drive side, so sometimes one has to add a washer or two, re-center the axle, and re-dish the rim by a mm. (I did not need to make any adjustments with my 1980 Ofmega hub, but my Campagnolo Gran Sport from the same era takes only a 6-speed without the extra spacer.) Changing from 6 to 7 speeds is also a great time to lose that pie plate, assuming you (still) have one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Technically, a 7-speed needs another 2mm on the drive side, so sometimes one has to add a washer or two, re-center the axle, and re-dish the rim by a mm.
    I replaced the original 6-speed Suntour FW on my Nishiki Ultimate with a wider ratio 6-speed from the LBS and then a 7-speed from Harris. The 7-speed required two 0.020" washers (1mm) under the locknut on the right to keep the chain from grinding on the seatstay. I didn't bother re-dishing the wheel. Here are the 3 freewheels, Suntour 6-speed, Shimano 7-speed, Shimano 6-speed (left to right).
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    [QUOTE=OLDYELLR;7511820] The 7-speed required two 0.020" washers (1mm) under the locknut on the right to keep the chain from grinding on the seatstay. I didn't bother re-dishing the wheel.QUOTE]

    Fortunately, mine switched over just fine on my Centurian. No re-dishing the wheel or nothing. Just remove and replace, and that was about it. I was also lucky in that my LBS had the Shimano 7-speed f/w without me having to purchase on-line. It also had the 28t low gear I need sometimes for pulling my trailer.

    It was a "win, win"
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    I've been running a 7 speed IRD freewheel since the beginning of summer and have been very happy with it (13-24). Here's a link to all things freewheel from Harris Cyclery:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/freewheels.html
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    Try the Shimano MF-HG22 FW and your LBS. It's a 6 speed and the range is 14-28. I put one on my '83 Fuji Espree about 18 months ago and it's doing just fine after about 2500 miles. It also was a big improvement for smooth, stealthy quiet shifts compared to the old Sun Tour unit the bike originally had.

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