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Old 12-15-12, 01:22 PM
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jim hughes
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freewheel vs freehub in winter

I live in Minneapolis and cycle year-round. Some of you may think that means pretty snow like on a ski slope. That is so cute. 80% of the time it's various forms of WET CR@P mixed with lots of unnecessary sand and corrosive salt, demanded by drivers who imagine it prevents accidents.

I've always used freewheels and when one pulls in wet sand I can disassemble, clean and reassemble it - but it's a PITA. Now I am thinking about new wheels and wondering if a freehub is more resistant to the entrance of sand and grit, and if the freehub mechanism is easier to maintain.
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