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Old 04-12-14, 07:41 AM
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Tighten cartridge lock ring with pedals?

I bought a new wheel and cartridge. I knew I didn't need the chain whip because the old wheel and cartridge are trash. But I didn't realize I still need the cartridge tool.

It seems to me that I should be able to hand tighten, put the wheel on the bike, then use the pedals to tighten while holding the wheel still. Am I missing something? Should I just take the time to run out and get the tool?
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Old 04-12-14, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by njlonghorn View Post
I bought a new wheel and cartridge. I knew I didn't need the chain whip because the old wheel and cartridge are trash. But I didn't realize I still need the cartridge tool.

It seems to me that I should be able to hand tighten, put the wheel on the bike, then use the pedals to tighten while holding the wheel still. Am I missing something? Should I just take the time to run out and get the tool?
I suspect that you have a freewheel but are confused about terminology. A freewheel threads onto the hub and has its own bearings. A cassette slides onto a freehub body which is already attached to the hub and has its own bearing set.

If you have a freewheel, it threads onto the hub and pedaling the bike tightens it. No need for extra tightening.

If, on the other hand, you have a cassette, you have to tighten the lockring which has to be done with a tool. That tool can't really be used with the wheel in the frame nor should they need to be.
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if you are trying to install a cartridge bottom bracket, i have found that the tool is pretty much a necessity. make sure you buy the right one for the bottom bracket you have.

or maybe you mean cassette? if so, same thing applies. or freewheel.

if you don't know what these words mean, wikipedia or sheldon brown websites are a good start.
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