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Old 09-16-13, 05:59 PM
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Question about reinstalling the cassette

Hello guys! New here. Firstly, let me introduce myself. My name's Paul, I'm 22 years old and I own a cheap bike, Shimano-Tourney equipped. It's been abused on Transylvanian roads, bumpy downhill dirt paths, forest trails, hillsides, mud... literally everywhere. Being a cheapo, something usually breaks down after a rough ride. This time it's a broken spoke(of course it's on the drive side).
I couldn't remove the cassette with chain whip and wrench. It was stuck on the hub. Super stuck. The only way I could only remove it with the help of a vice, barely. In fact, it was so stuck I almost dislocated the man's vice, but it worked and now it's off.

To the point: to prevent this again, would it help if I lube the it with some anti-seize compound, something like the stuff you lube the spark-plugs of a car before installing them? Did anyone try it?
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Does your bike have a cassette or freewheel? The tools and technique to remove them are different. Usually el-cheapo bikes have freewheels, and only require a freewheel tool and a big wrench or vise. No chain whip is used.

Always lubricate the threads. Plain old grease is fine.
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"Plain old grease is fine." Tef-Gel (40% Teflon) is better for avoiding moisture-induced corrosion such as might be caused by your muddy rides.
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First of all you need to put Transylvania as where you live in your profile.

Now, from your post, I suspect you have a freewheel, not a cassette, see pictures and compare.

If you have a freewheel, go ahead and grease the thread, but understand that riding torque tightens it no matter what you do. So if you climb steep hills stnding on the pedals in low gear, that's lot's of torque, and you'll need that much and a bit more to remove it.
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Assuming it is a cassette and not a freewheel:

Was it you that put it on?

If it wasn't, then you have no clue as to how hard it was torqued to from the beginning. And quality of assembly can be all over the place, particularly when talking about more inexpensive bikes.
So, grease the threads, preferably with some compound that's more than only grease. There's graphite, copper and aluminium paste fairly easily available to choose between. Then torque to spec and you should find it easier the next time.
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