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Old 07-18-09, 02:40 PM
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Sick of buying freewheel tools!

I literally have 5 kinds of freewheel tools an I have two bikes that each need a different one. Is there some way to lock the freewheel and use a chainwhip? Just to clarify, these are not cassettes. Thanks in advance - Brian
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Old 07-18-09, 03:33 PM
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No. You need the right tool for each freewheel. If you already have the tools, what's the problem? Otherwise, just standardize on a single brand so you only need one tool.
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Old 07-18-09, 03:39 PM
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I feel your pain. I'll usually just pay the 5 bucks and let the LBS remove oddball stuff. By the way, 2 notched suntour sucks...
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Old 07-18-09, 03:57 PM
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When using a Suntour 2-notch freewheel-remover, snug down the quick-release or bolt so the remover has just a small amount of play. This is so you don't shear-off the remover's notches or damage the freewheel. Once you feel the freewheel loosen - remove the QR or bolt.
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Old 07-18-09, 03:57 PM
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By the way, 2 notched suntour sucks...
True and the ONLY way to use them is to lock them in place with the qr skewer or axle nut before you apply the wrench. If they slip, you are doomed.

The 4-notch version is more secure but still needs to be locked on place to work reliably.
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Old 07-18-09, 03:59 PM
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ALL freewheel-removers should be snugged down. But it's an absolute regards the 2-notch.
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Old 07-18-09, 04:04 PM
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Gee last time I counted I had 13 freewheel tools some of which haven't been made for 30 years nor have the bikes that used them. It id part of doing mechanical work if it interests you. Roger
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Old 07-18-09, 04:13 PM
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Small world! I have 13 as well! And a few duplicates that accumulated over the years.
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Old 07-18-09, 06:24 PM
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My collection is more modest. Two and four notch Sun Tours and a Shimano Uniglide/newer Sachs puller. I hadn't used any of them for years until very recently. I was overhauling a 20" Trek Mountain Lion kid's MTB for my grand daughter and it has a 6-speed Shimano freewheel. I'm glad I don't discard "obsolete" tools.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:00 PM
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I have 3 and a homemade one.
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Old 07-18-09, 10:47 PM
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Never throw out old tools! BRT has a fairly good selection of cluster removers (as they call them), and if all else fails I cough up the $3 my LBS buddy charges for those RARE freewheels.
Consolidating all your bikes to a single brand of freewheel will help alot, though. Now, if I could just find that Normandy tool for all my vintage freewheels?????
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Old 07-18-09, 11:24 PM
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The QR is the right way to go, but also remember that a good vice grip in conjunction with the QR has always helped me with the old nasty freewheels that those cat 5 guys have cinched on to the hub!!!
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Old 07-18-09, 11:28 PM
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Best way to use them is with an impact wrench, if you have one...
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Old 07-18-09, 11:30 PM
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Wait till you start taking apart bottom brackets.

The lack with parts standardization on bicycles really is irritating, as well as the contemporary push to upgrade interface designs. It's surprising the parts manufacturers don't do more to promote or integrate their specific tools for every new generation of gruppos/brakes/etc.
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Old 07-19-09, 12:27 AM
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There was a push years ago to do that exact thing (standardization). I don't remember specifics but I think Park was involved. From what I remember the sticking point was the vintage bikes and the different sizes. (Swiss?)
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Old 07-19-09, 01:12 AM
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Yeah, drives me crazy too. I've got six out in my garage right now (3 belong to my neighbor), and still have a couple of old wheels that they don't fit!
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Old 07-19-09, 10:30 AM
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try being in the business for over 30 years and having over 20 . you name the freewheel and I have the puller for it . many don't get use today, but once in a while a bike come in and the puller come out of retirement.
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Old 07-19-09, 04:09 PM
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try being in the business for over 30 years and having over 20 . you name the freewheel and I have the puller for it . many don't get use today, but once in a while a bike come in and the puller come out of retirement.
What are your most commonly used ones?
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Old 07-19-09, 04:23 PM
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Suntour and Shimano are neck & neck up here in Podunk.
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Old 07-19-09, 04:28 PM
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I collect them all...
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Old 07-19-09, 04:31 PM
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Suntour freewheels are excellent but their 2 and 4 prong designs are really problematic.

The tool does have to be secured with either type (and should be done with all free wheel tools)... my new Cooper came with some lovely Zeus hubs and had a 4 prong Suntour in the rear that was missing two of it's prongs and the other 2 were badly damaged.

Getting that off is going to take power tools.
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Old 07-19-09, 06:05 PM
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What about the thin walled Shimano ones that I have broken about 25 times. Those are my thorn in the side.
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Old 07-19-09, 06:29 PM
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Try the Campagnolo lockring tool. The actual Campy-made one is an invitation to auto-destruct. Better off with the Park one.

Sixty Fiver: You mean the freewheel itself now has 2 slots where once were 4? I'm a bit confused - how did this happen? I've seen people try to convert a 4-prong Suntour remover into a 2-prong. But I've yet to see someone do this to a freewheel!
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Old 07-19-09, 06:41 PM
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No... the 4 prong is now a zero prong.

I will have to tear the freewheel down to get it off.

I figure someone tried to remove the freewheel without securing the tool.
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I have a Park FR2 (for the two-notch Suntour) that hasn't failed me yet and has fit every bike I've hauled in so far, with the exception of my Schwinn Varsity. Couldn't find a Normandie (or whatever it is) tool, so I just serviced the freewheel in place as best I could and it works fine.

+1 on going to the LBS for the occasional use of the freewheel remover you don't have. My LBS doesn't even charge; typically it only takes about a minute or two.
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