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Old 06-15-05, 07:38 AM
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Freewheel threading question

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I picked up a late-70s Italian road bike from a garage sale over the weekend. It's a 10-speed. The chain skips, so I plan to replace that but I'd also like to change the gearing a bit. Looking at 5-speed freewheels on the net, sometimes I see them referred to as English- or Italian- threaded. Sometimes they don't say anything about that.
The hub is a Dura-Ace, would that have come in different threading? Right now there's a Suntour Perfect freewheel on it.
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English/Italian freewheels will interchange, but Italian threaded freewheels will be slightly loose on English thread hubs. Not so loose you need to worry though. Grease the threads and use either with either. French threads are the truly odd one, and only work with French.
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Doing a search, I read somewhere that someone said that they had never seen a Japanese freewheel (or hub, I forget which it said) which wasn't threaded English-style. If this is true then I suppose it's English, right?
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