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Old 01-03-13, 03:15 AM   #1
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proper tool to remove freewheel 71 supersport

Does someone have a part number for the proper tool to remove the freewheel on my 71 supersport? I know it's going to be a SOB to get off, as it's been on there for 41 years, the new wheels are on the way, as are the tires and tubes, so I want to get this tool ordered as to not be stuck trying to remove the freewheel assembly looking at ebay, but if someone has one they want to sell reasonable I would buy it directly
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Have a look at these different freewheel pullers. Which one appears to match the freewheel that is installed on your wheel. If you have difficulty with this, it might be a good idea to send a clear picture of your freewheel so that we can help.



Or, just take the wheel to a local bike shop and ask them to remove the freewheel for you. Ask also, what puller they used and order that one, perhaps even through your local shop. That way you will be bang on sure that you are getting the correct freewheel remover.

There is also a good chance that the shop will not even charge you to remove the freewheel. Even if they do, it would be a good idea to strike up a relationship with the shop. Doing so might prove helpful for other little problems that may crop up during your build.
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If it's a Schwinn branded (or "Schwinn Approved") freewheel, you most likely need a Park FR-4, available for $6.50 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Park-Tool-Free.../dp/B001B6LKXS
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Or maybe after 41 years of faithful service, with nary a complaint, it's time to retire that freewheel? Or at least service it.

Actually there a several variants of the Schwinn Approved freewheels (look at the Amazon ad, it says "some" SA). There is also a "wide mouth" notched Atom made freewheel which takes a different tool. I've seen these on Super Sports and Sports Tourers as well. Shimano also made a SA freewheel.

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Unfortunately, some of the old Schwinns take the out of production Bicycles Research freewheel tool that Pastor Bob posted above. You can find them on ebay, not cheap.

In addition, who's to say your freewheel is even original? Lots of owners changed their freewheel immediately, to have different gearing, and some changed later, because of wear. I would not assume your freewheel is original.
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well it looks like the original freewheel is junk,has a ton of play in it, I spent everything on non trashed rims, tires and tubes, so it looks like yet another month before I can ride it, I'm never going to get to ride this bike
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Destructive removal!

Take the freewheel itself apart- usually there's a dust shield with holes for a pin spanner like for a bottom bracket (IIRC that might be left threaded), once you get that, like a billion bearings will fall out, soon thereafter you can take off the freewheel "shell" and you'll just have the core (the part with the pawls) threaded to the hub. Once you get down to the part threaded on the hub and take that off with channel locks and some grunting and swearing.
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Does someone have a part number for the proper tool to remove the freewheel on my 71 supersport?
The original freewheel on that bike was either a 1st gen Schwinn Model F (France, made by Normandy/Maillard) or Model J (Japan, made by Shimano) and both of those have the same 21.6mm/20-spline hole, which fits a Park FR-4 removal tool.

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I know it's going to be a SOB to get off, as it's been on there for 41 years...
Not at all, at least not if you have access to an air compressor and an impact gun. Lay the wheel flat, set the FR-4 tool in the freewheel, then set the gun with a 1" socket over the tool and give it one or two short bursts and the freewheel will be off in seconds with no damage and no effort on your part.

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Destructive removal!... billion bearings...
Ha...Ha... So true... I would sugest a new Freewheel for a new set of wheels - Recently I have had to replace a Shimano freewheel due to wear - Consider the cost of a new set of wheels with a new derailuer - Its like new wheels on a car and a new transmission too...
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Old 01-03-13, 06:23 PM   #10
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Destructive removal!

Take the freewheel itself apart- usually there's a dust shield with holes for a pin spanner like for a bottom bracket (IIRC that might be left threaded), once you get that, like a billion bearings will fall out, soon thereafter you can take off the freewheel "shell" and you'll just have the core (the part with the pawls) threaded to the hub. Once you get down to the part threaded on the hub and take that off with channel locks and some grunting and swearing.
the issue is I dont want to destroy this one, I will eventually replace it, but I simply dont have the money right now. I've had to replace nearly every part on this bike and I'm now broke, yea I know too much money, but I'm saving a great bike from the probability of the scrap yard. I just want to ride it, every bike I've got is down right now, so I would like to be able to finish this one and go riding
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Since you have new wheels on the way I would sugest you just buy a new 6/7 freewheel with modern ramps much better than the one your trying to take off and about the same price effort as finding a freewheel tool. If your putting new wheels on the bike it just makes since to put a new freewheel on it also. I inderstand your being strapped ofr cash on this build but you can buy basic 5/6/7 speed freewheel for about the same price it will cost you to find freewheel remover. Also you can just take the old wheel to a LBS and have them take off the old freewheel for $5-10.

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Since you have new wheels on the way I would sugest you just buy a new 6/7 freewheel with modern ramps much better than the one your trying to take off and about the same price effort as finding a freewheel tool. If your putting new wheels on the bike it just makes since to put a new freewheel on it also. I inderstand your being strapped ofr cash on this build but you can buy basic 5/6/7 speed freewheel for about the same price it will cost you to find freewheel remover. Also you can just take the old wheel to a LBS and have them take off the old freewheel for $5-10.
we only have one shop, when he's open on the rare occasion and he says 20 bucks to remove it, which is nuts
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Just buy pullers until u pick the right one
n+1 works for tools too right?
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If you are serious, we need a picture...However an FR-4 is worth buying, as even if you don't use it on your current freewheel, you'll probably use it on the next!
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my camera has a failed lens motor, or I would have a bunch of them up, I hate not being able to take decent pictures

I found a nice five speed setup on ebay for not too much, but how do I tel if the threads match? I really would rather replace it if I can, I'll see if I can scrounge up the cash, this is the one I was talking about, I really dont need more then ten speeds, especially around here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121046645013...84.m1438.l2649
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my camera has a failed lens motor, or I would have a bunch of them up, I hate not being able to take decent pictures

I found a nice five speed setup on ebay for not too much, but how do I tel if the threads match? I really would rather replace it if I can, I'll see if I can scrounge up the cash, this is the one I was talking about, I really dont need more then ten speeds, especially around here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121046645013...84.m1438.l2649
Almost any screw type freewheel will work threadwise. Unless they specify it has none stanard threads and these are pretty rare.
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Holy crap, I got out a high power flashlight and the rear freewheel simply says Schwinn, it's a Weinmann rear wheel, it threw me because it has the little dots, but it's clearly stamped now that I have light on it, and for the icing on the cake, it has a Schwinn puff high pressure road racer tire, and it still holds air lol, the rim doesnt look bad but is probably shot and unable to be trued, so I think it, the tire and the free wheel will be hung on my wall as a collectible. I have two original Weinmann complete wheels with spokes on the way, in beautiful condition so the ones on the bike can retire. Werent these Schwinn puff wheels from about 67? The front may be the same but is two dry rotted to tell.
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...it has a Schwinn puff high pressure road racer tire... Werent these Schwinn puff wheels from about 67?
Schwinn "Puff" tires were available from 1966 through 1982, and were the original tires on a '71 Super Sport.
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