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Old 03-06-06, 07:01 PM   #1
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Beginner questions

#1. How can I get my casette off? I have a old SS gear I can use. . I just dont know how to get the 5sp gear off #2. Can I make a fixed gear out of a non fixed casette? Thanks so much for any replys!
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Old 03-06-06, 07:39 PM   #2
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1. You don't have a cassette. you have a freewheel.
1a. you need a freewheel remover + chainwhip.
2. do a search for "bumbike" and "suicide hub". then go buy a real track hub
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Old 03-06-06, 07:43 PM   #3
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you can use a suicide hub and be okay if you do it right and leave both brakes on. or if you use the front, be ready to use your shoe to stop the rear wheel if the cog screws off.

some people ride suicide hubs for a long time, some screw off their cogs really quickly and eat on big hills and stuff. sheldon brown says it's okay, and i trust him, but i'd still be ultra careful running that sort of a setup.
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Old 03-06-06, 08:35 PM   #4
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You only need the correct freewheel tool and a vice or large adjustable wrench to get the old freewheel off. A bikeshop would spin it off for cheap or free. If by ss gear you mean a single cog freewheel, it will spin right on to the hub. You may(or may not) have a funky chainline.
If you do a bum wheel(First search like baxtefer said) you will probably need to respace and dish the wheel to get the chainline close. That is a bit more work than spinning on a cog and lockring.
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....rocket hub.
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