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    Taking off a freewheel

    My bike has a flip-flop hub, it has a fixed gear on one side and a freewheel on the other. The thing is, I never use the freewheel, and what's more it moves when I ride and therefore makes noise. How can I get rid of it? And if I take it off, can I put one more fixed gear in place of it?

    Here's the pic of my hub:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadashi
    My bike has a flip-flop hub, it has a fixed gear on one side and a freewheel on the other. The thing is, I never use the freewheel, and what's more it moves when I ride and therefore makes noise. How can I get rid of it? And if I take it off, can I put one more fixed gear in place of it?

    Here's the pic of my hub:

    Get a four-prong BMX freewheel remover and remove the offending freewheel. Shimano, Park, etc. make them. You can put another fixed cog on in place of it, BUT . . . your hub may be fixed/free, in which case you won't be able to use a lockring with the fixed cog on the "free" side. If you have brakes, that may not be a problem. If you don't have brakes, I would not recommend riding a cog without a lockring on the street. Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the fast reply!

    How much is this remover? And how do I check if I can put a lockring on this side of hub or not?

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    The tool costs about $9 USD, or you can take it to a shop and they'll do it for pretty cheap. The lockring threads are smaller and reverse threaded. If you take it off and there are two sets of different threads on the hub, you can safely put another fixed cog on.
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    Thanks. I'll probably buy the tool then, I may need it in the future.

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    I looked it up at Yahoo Japan and I'm a bit confused. Can you tell me which one I need? They are quite different.
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/atomic-cycle/4-pa-fr-6c.html
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/atomic-cycle/4-pa-fr-8c.html
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/thepowerful/fr-3c.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by el twe
    The tool costs about $9 USD, or you can take it to a shop and they'll do it for pretty cheap. The lockring threads are smaller and reverse threaded. If you take it off and there are two sets of different threads on the hub, you can safely put another fixed cog on.
    Yeah. They'll probably charge you $9 USD to do it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tadashi
    I looked it up at Yahoo Japan and I'm a bit confused. Can you tell me which one I need? They are quite different.
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/atomic-cycle/4-pa-fr-6c.html
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/atomic-cycle/4-pa-fr-8c.html
    http://store.yahoo.co.jp/thepowerful/fr-3c.html
    You can help us help you by telling us what is written on your freewheel. You most likely need the FR-8 which is the 4 prong the other poster described.
    Last edited by operator; 06-30-07 at 03:40 PM.
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    It says "main drive 1/2 x 1/8 (c5)".

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    Take your rear wheel out and get a face on photo of the freewheel.
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    just get some shop to take it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    just get some shop to take it off.
    You know Tokyo, what shop can offer such service? It's pretty ss/fg specific, I guess. A guy at my LBS shop (mostly a mamachari one) said that the only way to take it off is to destroy it. Fool.

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    What an idiot shop.
    What area you live in?..i can probably suggest a shop to go to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    What an idiot shop.
    What area you live in?..i can probably suggest a shop to go to.
    I live in Nakano-ku, near Nogata station.

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    Either of the Y's shops in Shinjuku arent that far away and will be able to do it for you. You know those shops?
    Shinjuku 3 chome

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    Either of the Y's shops in Shinjuku arent that far away and will be able to do it for you. You know those shops?
    Shinjuku 3 chome
    Joker and Maniac? Yeah, I know them. About how much will they charge me? I heard their service is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    What an idiot shop.
    What area you live in?..i can probably suggest a shop to go to.
    It's not an idiot shop. There are some freewheels that do not accept ANY tool to take it off. I don't know why you would advocate bringing it to a shop when one picture of the freewheel would game over this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    It's not an idiot shop. There are some freewheels that do not accept ANY tool to take it off. I don't know why you would advocate bringing it to a shop when one picture of the freewheel would game over this thread.
    Do you mean like the freewheel in the picture at the top
    of the page? The one that appears to takes the 4-prong
    BMX-style freewheel remover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadashi
    Joker and Maniac? Yeah, I know them. About how much will they charge me? I heard their service is expensive.
    Yes, the same shop.
    I highly doubt theyd charge you more than 1000 for this. Depending on if they have to take off your wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    It's not an idiot shop. There are some freewheels that do not accept ANY tool to take it off. I don't know why you would advocate bringing it to a shop when one picture of the freewheel would game over this thread.
    Its very obvious what kind of freewheel it is. Look at the picture. That freewheel is easily removed with a standard 4 prong tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    Yes, the same shop.
    I highly doubt theyd charge you more than 1000 for this. Depending on if they have to take off your wheel.
    I can take off my wheel myself, lol.

    Well if it's that cheap, then I'll pay them a visit, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadashi
    I can take off my wheel myself, lol.

    Well if it's that cheap, then I'll pay them a visit, I guess.

    And probably if you took just the wheel into Carnival (in shibuya) id say they would pull off the freehweel for free.
    Theyve changed cogs for me for free before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    And probably if you took just the wheel into Carnival (in shibuya) id say they would pull off the freehweel for free.
    Theyve changed cogs for me for free before.
    Carnival? I don't know that shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tadashi
    Carnival? I don't know that shop.
    its a fixed gear shop between harajuku station and shibuya station right off meiji dori. I can get you a map if you wanna go there instead.

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    They make cool YouTube videos. That's all I know about them.
    Quote Originally Posted by CardiacKid View Post
    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathhare
    its a fixed gear shop between harajuku station and shibuya station right off meiji dori. I can get you a map if you wanna go there instead.
    OK, give me the location on google maps, I can read Japanese.

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