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Old 10-12-19, 07:52 AM
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Freewheel vise

Anyone have experience with this tool?

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Bicycle-Chai...8AAOSwjSldeSNE

Am I crazy for wanting to pry my freewheels apart? I've got about 10 that could probably use a good disassembly.
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Old 10-12-19, 08:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Narhay View Post
Anyone have experience with this tool?

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Bicycle-Chai...8AAOSwjSldeSNE

Am I crazy for wanting to pry my freewheels apart? I've got about 10 that could probably use a good disassembly.
I have no experience with that one, but I made one myself years ago - kind of the same principle but way less complicated - that worked great. Personally I liked being able to disassemble the cogs. Also, I had a Regina CX freewheel that came in a "kit" - multiple cogs, body, remover tool - so I was, maybe, changing cogs more frequently that I really needed to (?) because I could. I don't have that "tool" now, but wish I did for ease of cleaning the cogs.
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Old 10-12-19, 08:12 AM
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That tool on eBay looks like a decent tool for short money. I personally pull all my freewheels apart using two chain whips, but that vise would certainly put some joy back into the task. You could always send them to Pastor Bob for the whole workup: https://www.freewheelspa.com/
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Old 10-12-19, 08:14 AM
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This is a new-to-me one.

It appears that one must bolt it down to a flat surface in order to use it: inconvenient.

Have VAR and Maeda on me workbench and they do just fine.

Their design is intended to drop into the jaws of a bench vise.

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I agree with NoControl . I have used Pastor Bob and for a very reasonable price he will take care of your freewheel needs. It is not something I do often enough to want to do for myself. Plus he has not only the tools but a bunch of spares, again at a very fair cost. He has done a couple of mine and the smoothness and range of cogs is perfect! Joe. joesvintageroadbikes.wordpress
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that's an interesting tool and if you take freewheels apart may be handy to have. The main reason you'd want to do that is to replace cogs, so you'll then need to accumulate an inventory of cogs.

the modern Chinese made Shimano freewheels work pretty well, they are riveted together so this tool really is not needed.

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Old 10-12-19, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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This is a new-to-me one.

It appears that one must bolt it down to a flat surface in order to use it: inconvenient.

Have VAR and Maeda on me workbench and they do just fine.

Their design is intended to drop into the jaws of a bench vise.

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Is this the Maeda tool you're referring to?



Although I've never used it, I can see how a freewheel would fit:



It does seem to be able to do more than just hold a freewheel, but I haven't found out what yet.
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Old 10-12-19, 12:01 PM
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I love my Bicycle Research freewheel tool. Up until very recently, you could buy direct for like $25. Seems like their site is no longer active. They are on eBay but pricey:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-RAR...L/152780731660

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I like that one. You could just put some holes in your bench and use bolts as pins to keep the tool in place when in use. I've just used scrap wood and deck screws but always wanted an official tool.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Is this the Maeda tool you're referring to?



Although I've never used it, I can see how a freewheel would fit:



It does seem to be able to do more than just hold a freewheel, but I haven't found out what yet.

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Ja machen mein herr Oberst.

The semi-circular bits form an axle vise; two sizes for two diameters of axle.

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Old 10-12-19, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
I love my Bicycle Research freewheel tool. Up until very recently, you could buy direct for like $25. Seems like their site is no longer active. They are on eBay but pricey:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-RAR...L/152780731660

That Bicycle Research tool was my usual go to BITD when making up custom freewheels, if I needed a freewheel vise. 9 of 10 times I used two chain whips, cuz it's faster. I think the shop where I worked had a VAR as well, and one other weird one I can't remember.

A freewheel vise isn't necessarily required. Two chain whips you will need regardless. I'd start with that and see how it goes. Might be enough. However, after several decades the freewheel cogs could well be much more stuck on that they were when new, and a vise will help with that.

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Old 10-12-19, 02:28 PM
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I just use two chain whips. I clamp one to the bench and just yank on the other.

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Narhay-

Not crazy, but no need for big expense. Get a slab of wood, place the freewheel and screw down (use 4 screws not just 2 as shown), use your chainwhip to loosen the locking cog and remove (after loosen the bearing cone). Disassemble.

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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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Ja machen mein herr Oberst.

The semi-circular bits form an axle vise; two sizes for two diameters of axle.

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I figured it would be something like that. Now I need to think of a reason to actually use it. It is a nice tool, BTW. Very elegant and minimalist. I like that. Very much.
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The "Bicycle Chain Vise" of the OP's post looks like a real pain to use unless you use exactly one size biggest cog I have the VAR tool which is similar to the Maeda. With a good bench vise, it is a joy to use.

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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
I like that one. You could just put some holes in your bench and use bolts as pins to keep the tool in place when in use. I've just used scrap wood and deck screws but always wanted an official tool.
Mine is bolted to the wall, about chest height. Allows a lot of torque.
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