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Tool free freewheel removal

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:31 am

My Fixed gear bike has the standard flip flop hub with a spin on freewheel on the redundant side, neither of my pin wrenches will get enough grip to get it off so I'm looking for non LBS suggestions that don't involve destroying it, any ideas?

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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:30 pm

The pin holes are usually for disassembling the freewheel ratchet from the main body.
Most freewheels I've seen need some sort of socket or wrench adapter.
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby high_tea » Sat Jan 26, 2013 2:56 pm

+1. If it's been used, it's quite possibly been wound on in a big way. I'd get the right freewheel remover ($cheap on ebay). The force involved in getting one off with the right tool is such that I'd be pretty nervous about improvising.
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sat Jan 26, 2013 3:57 pm

.... although having said what I just did above....

In musing about yet another ( :roll: ) project I was looking at some of the freewheel teeth counts availble. I found this "Excess" brand from QBP in the states;

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Harris Cyclery says they just use a regular 4 prong remover, but that doesn't seem match to the pictures. ? Hmmm......
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby high_tea » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:16 pm

I reckon they just photographed the other side for some reason. Looks better without the four big slots maybe?
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:26 pm

Could be I guess. Hmm :? Or maybe the branding was on the wrong side for the pic? They seem to be available in a good range compared to some (upto 22 teeth) and quality reports seem consistent.
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:58 pm

Thanks so far fellers.

I've never seen one like this before, it looks similat to this...
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I might have to go the ebay route... :|
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby familyguy » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:32 pm

Same as mine. I take it to the LBS, cause I don't have that removal tool. I think its a hybrid of a couple, so you can use more than one tool to remove it.

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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:52 pm

Where've you guys sourced these from?
Postage from the couple of US sites I was browsing really slugs ya.
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jan 27, 2013 9:52 am

Came on the bike for me Kym. Once I get it off it's yours for postage costs if you really want it. I'm never freewheeling on a 1x1 again, Fixed is awesome!

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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sun Jan 27, 2013 4:02 pm

That's mighty neighbourly of you Shaun. I'd be interested - but no rush. What tooth count is it?
This project concept is about 3rd or 4th in line at present and in the early 'parts sniffing' stage.

Fixed IS fun... but I need a better sized frame than what I am riding atm.
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby Mulger bill » Sun Jan 27, 2013 7:37 pm

It's a 16t Kym, used for about 5.5 hrs over about a week before I flipped the rear hub and became unbroken :wink: I'm hoping that once I do pull the thing off I'll find a lockring thread so I can fit a 17t track cog for when I'm feeling lazy :D

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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby HappyHumber » Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:54 pm

Bewdy.... This beggar shan't be a chooser.

Like I said.... no rush...
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Re: Tool free freewheel removal

Postby WyvernRH » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:55 pm

Mulger bill wrote:Thanks so far fellers.

I've never seen one like this before, it looks similat to this...
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I might have to go the ebay route... :|


I have a couple like this that I took off as I wanted to use a different no of teeth than what was supplied.
I found the standard 'singlespeed' four pin remover shown higher up in the thread got them off with no drama
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