The freewheel is a ratcheting mechanism, that coupled with a set of gears, is that threaded onto the rear hub of a bike. The freewheel allows the rear wheel to engage and move when the pedals are spun forward, but coast freely when the pedals are stationary or spun backwards.

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Theoretical question about double drivetrain (both-sides drive)

If one were to take a single-speed flip-flop hub, and fit two identical freewheels, and couple them to two identical chainrings (i.e. two drive-side cranks, one on each side of the bike), you would ...
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what is the difference between a freewheel and a hub

I think these are both just types of casssetes, one all the rings come apart, and the other its just one big piece all welded together. Can someone please tell me what the difference is.
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How to determine size of freewheel?

My previous question was: How to take apart this rear BMX hub? How do I determine the size of my freewheel to replace it? I have seen on bicycle sites that a freewheel comes in sizes like 14t, 16t, ...
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removing freewheel MF-Z012 without tools

I'm trying to just add some grease to an old MF-Z012. some pages online says i can remove it just by spining the first gear agains the last one.(e.g. ...
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Which freewheel remover tool to use on vintage Columbia bike?

I picked up what looks to be a late 80's Columbia 'USA Racing' Women's city bike on Craigslist recently. It needs a new 5 speed freewheel, but I can't seem to figure out which remover tool to use. ...
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Chain “vibrates” on higher gears

My freewheel that I have installed myself only 1.5 years ago has totally worn out by the moment and so I just had it replaced along with a chain at the workshop. I'm still concerned though about the ...
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QR vs solid axle for freewheel hub

I've heard a lot of folks complaining about freewheel hubs getting bent axles. I have a rigid BSO with a solid rear axle that I occasionally pound on local trails. I've never gotten a bent axle. ...
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1986 Stumpjumper Sport Cog Replacement

Original Shimano Deore components all around. Shimano MF Z012 5-cog freewheel. Biggest cog is 30 teeth is worn out, chain skips, and that cog needs to be replaced. Rest of cogs are ok. Are ...
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How many freewheel thread sizes are there?

I'm buying new freewheel and noticed that not every freewheel can be screwed onto my hub because they have different thread sizes. For example: I've found the following thread size specifications: ...
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What causes frames to break at the (rear) dropouts?

The drive-side dropout and rear axle have broken twice. It's an old-style freewheel, not a freehub+cassette. (I weigh around 100kg, and ride a lot, and have been touring on hilly, gravel roads, with ...
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How to recognise a 6-speed freewheel compatible hub?

I need to change the freewheel and the hub on my road bike and have been looking for a suitable replacement. I wish to keep my rim so I will rebuild the wheel. Also, I want to stay with a 6 speed ...
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Bent freewheel axle in less than 200km

I am trying to understand if the problem I've got falls into a common problem for freewheel hubs. After googling and reading, I am still not sure if there is only this factor to what has happened. ...
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7-speed cassette on an 11-speed freehub

Is it possible to use an SRAM cassette PG 730 7-speed cassette with a Mavic FTS-X freehub? According to the spec, no spacer is required for an 11-speed cassette and for 9/10 speed version a spacer is ...
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Why is my freewheel slipping?

My freewheel tarted slipping this week. It slips most from a stop with no pressure snapping to significant pressure on the pedals. Slipping may be the wrong term as it really isn't engaging. Once it ...
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What tool do I need to disassemble this 5 speed freewheel

I have a 5 speed freewheel that I need to take of from hub, but the standard freewheel tool that I do have does not fit. On the freewheel following text is engraved: UC SHIMANO SIS MF Z015 China It ...
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What could be the reason for chain skipping

My chain is skipping only on the smallest sprocket, and it skips with every crank turn. The chain is not stretched. Also, chainrings are almost new. Could this freewheel be the reason, it doesn't seem ...
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sun ez3 trike gearing

I have sun ez3 trike,it has rear freewheel with the largest being 28 teeth,can I put a mega range with 34 teeth on it,and do I have to change the deraileur.Objective to make hills easier.
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Will an ACS 13T X 3/32 Crossfire freewheel fit an All-City Standard 130mm Hub?

Will an ACS 13T X 3/32 Crossfire freewheel fit an All-City Standard 130mm fixed/free Hub? I am attempting to setup a goldsprints setup using a very large front ring and a small rear freewheel. I'm ...
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Replace freewheel with freehub?

I have a Motobecane Super Mirage that I bought in 1977. I have another bike for regular use, and I've decided to completely rebuild the older one. I determined today that the freewheel teeth are worn ...
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Chain skipping with new chain and freewheel

I've recently (last 6 months) begun riding again after many years away and have begun updating components on my bike (a mid 80s era Fuji). After replacing the rear wheel and freewheel I developed a ...
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Removing Old Freehub Body

I saw this. However, looking at a old 7 speed freehub body, it looks like it takes a special spline wrench (TL-FH10). It looks very similar to the fixing bolt here. Or do I need some other wrench ...
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how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings

So I thought I would sort out my wheel bearings (after asking a few questions here first). Did the front without much of a problem, (reused the existing bearings at the moment, had not got round to ...
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Trying to build first fixie?

So this is the first fixie bike I would have owned. I am unsure if I want a freewheel one or not so I won't have to constantly pedal. But I was wondering or seeking help for how I could build one by ...
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I have a Schwinn Tempo which has a 6 speed freewheel

I'd like to replace my rear wheel because it isn't able to be fixed to be made true once again. The bike is an older Schwinn Tempo, the rear wheelset has a 6 speed freewheel. Or so that's what the guy ...
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Can i fit a 6 speed wheel onto a 5 speed bike?

I have a 5-speed bike with a buckled back wheel. I have found one on the internet cheap, but it is a 6-speed wheel. Will it fit my bike? Will there be any adaptations needed to the bike to use this ...
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Freewheel: 8-speed to replace 6-speed

This is for the Freewheel (Not Cassette Freehub) swapping problem. I would like to know if it is feasible, regarding the axle breakage. Assuming that I have: Good clearance and spacing for ...
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Axle flex under load normal for freewheel hub?

When using a freewheel'd hub is it normal for the drive side of the axle to flex a little bit? I replaced the kickstand on my bike and the new one sits closer to the rear tire with about 2 mm ...
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How can I fix my back wheel's wobbling?

On my single speed bike--a POS J Fixie Cafe CF from BikesDirect--has an issue with its back wheel. The wheel wobbles 1cm back and forth when pulled/pushed from side to side. The freewheel has been ...
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Can an IGH have the same maximum overdrive-ratio as a crank-sproket setup?

Is there an IGH that gives one the maximum overdrive-ratio that one might get with a 39-53T crankset and a 11-34T freewheel? If not, what is the mechanical roadblock in making one ?
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How to alter a sports cycle to avoid wheel bend

I have a Hero Hawk Nu-Age, which I bought it two years back. In India, this cycle was mostly used for sports. As this cycle has very thin wheels 27 * 1-1/4, I could not ride this on bumpy roads for ...
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Can I use an “8 speed compatible” crank such as Shimano FC-2303 with a 7 speed Shimano MF-HG37 freewheel?

I have a 2004 Giant Cypress I use for commuting, and the entire drivetrain is very worn out (shark teeth and chipped teeth, front and back). I need to replace the Shimano MF-TZ20 7-speed (14-34t) ...
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How to fix a clanking rear wheel/flywheel

On my single speed--a POS Bikes Direct bike--the rear wheel makes a clunking noise every time I pedal. I think it is coming from the freewheel and it's basically a CLINK! CLONK! noise that is driving ...
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Shimano rear hub body compatibility

My free hub body has cracked and im looking to replace it. I have discovered it uses a 14mm hex key to remove. I cannot find a freehub body for sale that matches m785. Will a "m760-m765" body fit my ...
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Freewheel sprocket locking up

I was just out riding my bike. Its nothing fancy, just a €300 single-speed with with a flip-flop hub. I usually ride the freewheel side. Today it made some weird noises and decided to lock up / be a ...
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Maillard Freewheel refurbishing

I have a Maillard freewheel, big cog stamped 10 - 84, which i have taken apart, cleaned, lubed, and reassembled following the excellent youtube by RJ the bike guy . i ...
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Freewheels frequency in 2012?

I would like to know for some future works on my bike whether I have a freewheel or a cassette? I will look at the bike in itself, but just for a little heads-up: my bike is a 2012 FX 7.2 (Trek). In ...
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Friction occurs in BMX Freewheel

I've just found out where friction occurs in my BMX. When I take chain off the Outer Part and spin the rear wheel the wheel will spin for several minutes but when the Outer Part can't rotate with the ...