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    DIY Universal Freewheel + Cog Lockring Tool




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    Good one...
    And for all the noobs like me out there, the lockring is reverse threaded.
    It will come off if you try as hard as I did, but its not supposed to!!!
    He he...

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    nice... i made a freewheel group remover out of a socket the other day...Cheap or free tools are the best !

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    If anyone has any good DIY tools or anything slightly related, please post up how to's! Handy for these days of the "R" word!

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    hehehe nice... I made a lock ring removal tool the other day by grinding down a pair of slip joint pliers

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    Quote Originally Posted by nelzar13 View Post
    nice... i made a freewheel group remover out of a socket the other day...Cheap or free tools are the best !
    That's a great idea!

    I just used some DIY headset tools last night. Large flat screw driver + hammer to remove cups and race. Large bolt with nut and washers to install cups. Large flat screw driver to install crown race. Can't argue with results.

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    Anyone got a bottom bracket tool DIY? This is for a mid-80s Asian-built bike, the kind that has the lock ring with three notches around the perimeter.
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    As long as you hold the plier ends together or use a band/spring it's a good idea. Wouldn't try it with a nice lockring though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Anyone got a bottom bracket tool DIY? This is for a mid-80s Asian-built bike, the kind that has the lock ring with three notches around the perimeter.
    Flat blade screw driver and hammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by areacode312 View Post


    Good luck getting any freewheel/lockring off that was put on with anything more than minimal torque. And you'll have even more fun when you strip the notches on the lockring. A proper freewheel remover is $5. There's no reason not to buy one. I'm all for DIY tools, but sometimes penny wise pound foolish.
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    I used to tighten adjustable cups with channel-lock pliers. They always went out of adjustment. $10 CAD for a Filzer hook spanner was a much smarter investment. That said, Sheldon Brown's fixed-cup tool is a fantastic alternative on the other side;

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    Good luck getting any freewheel/lockring off that was put on with anything more than minimal torque.
    Haha, I display a picture of me removing the original factory freewheel (which was on TIGHT)- and this guy says sarcastically "good luck" getting anything off with anything more than minimal torque?!


    Quote Originally Posted by operator View Post
    And you'll have even more fun when you strip the notches on the lockring. A proper freewheel remover is $5. There's no reason not to buy one. I'm all for DIY tools, but sometimes penny wise pound foolish.
    Again, thanks for the sentiment Mr. Sarcastic. Stripping the notches on a locking is you grasping at straws to support your negative "know it all" attitude.
    How much is a proper lockring tool besides the $5 freewheel tool?
    Meh, doesn't matter because I don't need either of them since mine = free.

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    It's not worth potentially hurting yourself or the wheel to save $5.

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    Chain whip + lockring tool = worthwhile investments if you're riding a fixie.

    That picture is just embarrassing.

    If you're in a major city, find a bike collective and either pay the minimal fee, or volunteer and get free stand time, and learn how to fix your bike correctly with the right tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by areacode312 View Post
    Again, thanks for the sentiment Mr. Sarcastic. Stripping the notches on a locking is you grasping at straws to support your negative "know it all" attitude.
    How much is a proper lockring tool besides the $5 freewheel tool?
    Meh, doesn't matter because I don't need either of them since mine = free.
    I detected no sarcasm, and he's completely correct. Perhaps you should have invested in a proper stick-in-ass-removal tool since your DIY job obviously wasn't up to par.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blickblocks View Post
    It's not worth potentially hurting yourself or the wheel to save $5.
    Ha, yes it is. Because it's happening to somebody else. Not really.

    Anyway, having lived/worked on a farm for most my life, I can sympathize with the lack of correct tools. Stuff ain't cheap/available all the time. That belt you're wearing may just be the ticket to removing an oil filter. The lockring came off didn't it?
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    heres my ghetto freewheel remover... it worked out just fine for what i needed it to do... Would i use it ever day if i needed to take off frewheel groups all the time? no.. But it was about an hour faster than me driving to a shop that would either sell me one, or let me use there's. All i needed to do was get that thing off so i could throw on a freewheel for my polo bike anyways... If i ever encounter this situation again ill buy one. Im sure i will but this worked just fine in a pinch.. the key is grind away slow so you dont heat up the socket and loose its heat treated strenth... so i was told......WORD!
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    There are some things people in life need to learn.
    There are people that can't do things themselves and rely on and pay others to perform.
    There are people that can do things themselves with the job specific tools.
    And there are people that do everything themselves and are incredibly creative enough to invent new ways of doing things.
    There is no right or wrong way of doing things- just because you are brainwashed, can't do things yourself, or are just plain scared to do things "not by the book", then too bad.

    I give a LOT more respect to people that do things themselves and can think outside the box, be problem solvers, challenge themselves, and use ingenuity (for example everyone in this thread making some badass tools)!!!!
    And people that can do nothing but nitpick because they themselves can only think "inside the box".....
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    Quote Originally Posted by areacode312 View Post
    There are some things people in life need to learn.
    Yes, for instance, you need to learn what it means to be penny wise and pound foolish.
    There are people that can't do things themselves and rely on and pay others to perform.
    I believe these people are called "everyone," because nobody can do it all. Did you build the computer you're typing this on from raw materials? Did you write the OS from scratch?
    There are people that can do things themselves with the job specific tools.
    These days, I'm impressed enough by somebody who can do the job right with the right tools.
    And there are people that do everything themselves and are incredibly creative enough to invent new ways of doing things.
    Nobody does everything themselves. Nobody.
    There is no right or wrong way of doing things- just because you are brainwashed, can't do things yourself, or are just plain scared to do things "not by the book", then too bad.
    Really? If I hammer my lockring into place, that's not wrong? If I hammer my lockring into place on the side of my head, that's not wrong? Just different?
    I give a LOT more respect to people that do things themselves and can think outside the box, be problem solvers, challenge themselves, and use ingenuity (for example everyone in this thread making some badass tools)!!!!
    The DIY tools ddac posted are very impressive. I would gladly use either one myself daily. That's in stark contrast to your own home-spun solution, which I would use only under the more dire of circumstances.
    And people that can do nothing but nitpick because they themselves can only think "inside the box".....
    You read honest and constructive criticism and interpreted it as nitpicking. That's nobody's fault, or problem, but your own.
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    Aww, somebody is too stupid to defend himself without resorting to insults. Want a library card?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddac View Post
    Here's my DIY lockring remover. It will put this Park Tool and this Hozan to shame.







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    i think i found new project for my snow day tomorrow! I think i'l make them out of a craftsman set so if they do ever break......I can return em and make a new set !

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    great idea on the cone wrenches.
    thanks!

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    I would just invest in a Hozan spanner. Those DIY pliers will just stripped off the notches if you use it constantly. It is hard to hard to judge the amount of torque when you have to squeeze while turning the pliers.

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