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Please help, removing a schwinn freewheel.

Old 08-13-08, 03:20 AM
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Please help, removing a schwinn freewheel.

So sometimes i'm in such a hurry to get things done I don't think about appropriate order....

I stupidly took the wheel apart before removing the 5 speed cassette and pie plate on my old schwinn (it's a sports tourer, but it has varsity style wheels). Anyone know a way to get the cassette off the hub without having the wheel as leverage? Also without crushing it in a vice. I'd like to use the normandy hubs to build new alloy wheels. Otherwise, anyone have a rear normandy hub sitting around?

I looked around a bit but couldn't find a link for this specific problem.
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Well, you definitely have a problem, to say the least. The only way I am aware of to remove the freewheel from the hub without having the spokes connected to the rim, is to place the hub in a vice. You can then remove the freewheel, with difficulty, but you are going to score up the hub. Otherwise, to prevent this damage, you are going to have to attache as many spokes as possible to the rim and tighten, in order to utilize the rim as leverage while turning. Good luck.
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The only way I have gotten them off is to use a pipe wrench to hold the hub and it will leave marks. Roger
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Option 1: thread spokes through the left hub flange and onto a rim. You can put spokes into alternate holes in the flange, every fourth hole on the rim.

Option 2: run long bolts, as thick as possible, through the large (non-spoke) holes in the flange. Screw a long lever arm, such as a piece of steel stock with two holes in it, onto the ends of the bolts.
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Option 1: thread spokes through the left hub flange and onto a rim. You can put spokes into alternate holes in the flange, every fourth hole on the rim.

Option 2: run long bolts, as thick as possible, through the large (non-spoke) holes in the flange. Screw a long lever arm, such as a piece of steel stock with two holes in it, onto the ends of the bolts.
Option 3: drill a hole the aproximate diameter of the hub shell in a 2x4 about 6" long. Cut the 2x4 lengthwise through the center of the hole. Re-assemble the 2x4 around the hub. Nail or screw the non drive side flange to the 2x4 through the spoke holes. Clamp the whole assembly in the vise and remove freewheel.
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I've twisted a hub before while trying to remove a freewheel with the non-driveside held only. Fortunately it came free before it was totally trashed, others have not been so fortunate. Secure the drive side flange, or both flanges of the hub, if you want to still use your hub.

edit to add: see this link for a recent thread with an option to try towards the end of it.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...406&highlight=

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John E's option 1 has worked nicely for me. I wouldn't even think of putting a hub in a vise.
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PM me, and I'll send you the exact hub with the freewheel already removed.
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