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    First Restoration Fuji Espree

    Noob here. I'm looking for some advice on how to remove the rear freewheel from my Fuji Espree. Here are some pics.
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    New tires, bars and a quart of elbow grease


    Now the big question. How do I get this nasty freewheel and disc off the hub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by supafast213 View Post
    Now the big question. How do I get this nasty freewheel and disc off the hub?
    Your bike looks nice. Good job so far. As usual, Sheldon Brown has the answer.

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/freewheels.html

    BTW, it is spelled Fuji, not Fugi.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Mods, please correct the spelling in the title.

    Thanks for the tip CB, I haven't been on Sheldon's site since I picked up this beast.

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    It looks like you need a Sun Tour two prong freewheel remover and a vise or really big wrench. Or you could take it to a shop and they will take it off for a couple dollars. If you get the tool yourself, place it over the axle and loosely screw a nut down on it to keep the tool from slipping out of the notches. If you have a vise, clamp the freewheel tool in the vise and use the wheel as a lever and turn it counter-clockwise. It could be frozen on pretty tight. Once it breaks free, take the nut off the axle and finish unscrewing the freewheel. Once it is off, you don't need a tool to put it back on, since the pedaling tightens it. Put a bit of anti-sieze on the freewheel threads to make it easier to remove next time.

    That Fuji really cleaned up nice. On your front wheel, most people put the quick release lever on the left side.

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    Oh, and the seat post appears to be in backwards, too.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Thanks for all the help guys. This bike was more of an impulse buy (craigslist ad with no pic... cheap). I think it might be to small for me, but I've learned a ton so far. I would like to thank the guys a Tempo Cyclery in Sarasota, Fl for the smoking deal on the bars and Earl @ ACME bikes in Port Charlotte for all of his help.

    I'll post some pics as things start to come together.

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    When using a boss-type freewheel puller, the tool should be secured against the freewheel by tightening down the axle nut or quick release skewer (with the springs left off). Once the freewheel has broken loose from the hub, remove the axle nut or skewer before unscrewing the freewheel any further -- or else you will break something.
    I just want to highlight that piece of advice, although I'm not sure about the tightening bit. Just get it to the point it can't pop out. It'll save you from stripping the tool.

    And for the freewheel I pulled off the other day, I found the metal segments from a vacuum cleaner fit over my medium sized adjustable wrench, and give me the bit more leverage that I needed.

    Oh, and kudos for saving that bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
    It looks like you need a Sun Tour two prong freewheel remover and a vise or really big wrench. Or you could take it to a shop and they will take it off for a couple dollars. If you get the tool yourself, place it over the axle and loosely screw a nut down on it to keep the tool from slipping out of the notches. If you have a vise, clamp the freewheel tool in the vise and use the wheel as a lever and turn it counter-clockwise. It could be frozen on pretty tight. Once it breaks free, take the nut off the axle and finish unscrewing the freewheel. Once it is off, you don't need a tool to put it back on, since the pedaling tightens it. Put a bit of anti-sieze on the freewheel threads to make it easier to remove next time.

    That Fuji really cleaned up nice. On your front wheel, most people put the quick release lever on the left side.

    WOW, i have removed dozens of freewheels in the past two years since getting into working on bikes, and i never thought of that, yet it's so obvious. thanks Pompiere

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    I picked up the puller today at the LBS (Park Tool # FR-2). Now it's time to see if the freewheel wants to play along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
    It'll save you from stripping the tool.

    I've stripped freewheels but not the tool. And once you strip a freewheel, the only way I know of to get it off is to destroy it.

    I don't see how you can remove a two prong freewheel without using an axle nut (or skewer if the hub is QR). As far as I know, the extractor is guaranteed to pop out.

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    I've used the trick of holding the freewheel tool on with the quick release, and promptly bent the QR rod on a particularly stubborn freewheel. Now I use a junk threaded rod and nut.

    Neal

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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    I've stripped freewheels but not the tool.
    I've seen a two prong extractor that has probably slipped so many times that it had trapezoidal teeth even more prone to ejecting itself.

    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    I've used the trick of holding the freewheel tool on with the quick release, and promptly bent the QR rod on a particularly stubborn freewheel. Now I use a junk threaded rod and nut.
    How did that happen? Seems like the tool wouldn't have enough freedom to get away and tweak the skewer, but I suppose that is less true of the Suntour 2/4 prong tools than of the "splined" Shimano/Atom ones.

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    The nut trick worked like a champ. I put it on less-than finger tight. A few taps on the wrench with a hammer and we are "roger go flight". Now more cleaning

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    Quote Originally Posted by tugrul View Post
    How did that happen? Seems like the tool wouldn't have enough freedom to get away and tweak the skewer, but I suppose that is less true of the Suntour 2/4 prong tools than of the "splined" Shimano/Atom ones.
    The tool slips off the freewheel and bends the skewer rod in the process. Yup, it's particular to the SunTour two-prong (or other two-prong--I have a Maillard freewheel, I believe, that refuses to come off and the cutouts on the freewheel itself for engaging the tool are completely worn down).

    Neal

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    Quote Originally Posted by supafast213 View Post
    The nut trick worked like a champ. I put it on less-than finger tight. A few taps on the wrench with a hammer and we are "roger go flight". Now more cleaning
    I'm glad it worked out, but I recommend against banging on a wrench. Use a longer wrench or a cheater bar. Much more elegant and less likely to cause damage or injury.

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    Well, the bike has come a long way. Check it out....









    Let me know what you think.

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    Sorry to bump an old thread, no need to start a new one. Just an update. I've finished the down tube shift conversion and installed a new stem to get the sizing correct. Also repacked wheel and stem bearings.




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    I wanted to post a current shot of the Fuji because I'm using this thread in my sig.
    Ride with a pure heart, the rest will work itself out

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    That bike has been a journey! You live in SRQ?
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    And who doesn't have space for a folding bike??

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    looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdefran View Post
    That bike has been a journey! You live in SRQ?
    This was a bike purchased to simply learn the ropes. It was the first bike for most of my "bike hack" adventures. I built the wheels, regreased everything, and tuned a few combinations of derailleurs to work. My LBS, Tempo Cycles, worked with me through the process. I think they liked my enthusiasm. I work in Sarasota. I live in North Port.

    Here is a picture in the wild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supafast213 View Post
    This was a bike purchased to simply learn the ropes. It was the first bike for most of my "bike hack" adventures. I built the wheels, regreased everything, and tuned a few combinations of derailleurs to work. My LBS, Tempo Cycles, worked with me through the process. I think they liked my enthusiasm. I work in Sarasota. I live in North Port.
    Where do you work? I was born in Sarasota and lived there till I was 20, at one point I went to Toledo Blade Elementary if that's still around
    Quote Originally Posted by Cache View Post
    And who doesn't have space for a folding bike??

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    I work at Sarasota Fun Machines (formerly Suzuki of Sarasota) on Clark Rd.
    Ride with a pure heart, the rest will work itself out

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    Awesome bike; What stem is that?

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