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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What's stopping you from pedalling backwards?

On the BMX bike I have, pedalling backwards moves the chain but doesn't drive the wheels of the bike backwards like you would expect it to. Why is this?
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Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?

I tend to ride relatively modest gear (Tiagra/Ultegra), but when I'm riding near higher-end bikes, I sometimes notice that the clicking sound that comes from their cassette/free-wheel while coasting ...
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What can I do to keep my rear derailler in good condition when commuting in the snow?

In the winter, it seems that whatever I do, my rear derailleur stops functioning after few weeks of commuting in light snow. Ice always gets in there somehow, and the chain refuses to move the wheel, ...
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Why do deraillers require a freewheel?

I've seen fixies with internal hubs, but a non-freewheeling rear wheel with deraillers seems to be unrepresented: | Freewheel? | Derailler? | Yes | No | ...
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Do silent freewheels exist?

I have only just noticed that my bike dosen't seem to make a lot of noise when free wheeling, in fact it's pretty much silent. Is this down to the fact that I have been putting off a major clean?, is ...
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When to replace wheel bearings

I just ripped apart my mom's mountain bike's rear hub. One of the bearings was incredibly rough, so I replaced it, and the other one was smooth, but didn't turn very easily. Since I didn't have a ...
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Shaky Freewheel

I posted a question some time ago about vibrations in the frame of my road bike (a 1973 Sekine). Recently, I determined that the rear wheel is sliding back and forth across the axle, with about 0.5cm ...
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What should I use to lubricate a freehub?

I've noticed my freehub has gotten quite a bit louder over the last few months. Several people have recommended that I lubricate the freewheel by tipping the bike on its side and dripping lubricant ...
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Should cassette “wiggle”

Recently My freehub broke and so I removed the cassette to replace the freehub and noticed, whilst off the bike, 4 of the remaining bolted together 8 sprockets wiggled (4 wiggled together but ...
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Tightening rear quick release stops rear wheel

I have a medium sized Trek Mountain Track/Antelope with a seven speed freewheel. When I tighten the rear quick release, I have to carefully back off on the tightness so that the wheel will actually ...
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Advantages / disadvantages of freecoaster and cassette hubs

I've been reading a lot over the past few days about BMX, and last night I watched a few videos like this one. I have been seeing the words "freecoaster" and "cassette" around a lot, and I was curious ...
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How many ball bearings inside shimano MF-HG20 freewheel top and bottom?

help me fix the bearings in my freewheel. I need to know the number of ball bearings top and bottom in my shimano mf-hg20 freewheel, and what size are they?
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Are all ready-made wheels sold “cassette compatible” only?

I will have to change my wheels on my old trusty late-80s Peugeot (PS28) soon. The rear wheel is mounted with a freewheel-type 6-speed hub (not cassette). I was wondering if all ready-made wheels ...
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Is there such thing as a freewheel that doesn't click?

The clicking sound of the freewheel on my singlespeed when it's coasting is annoying for me, so I flipped over my back wheel and rode fixed for a few months in blissful silence. But having to pedal ...
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How do I clean the inside of a freehub?

I didn't know any better and I let degreaser drip into the freewheel body of my Shimano FH-RM65. Now it makes a terrible retching noise when it rotates. How do I clean the inside of this thing? ...
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How to take apart this rear BMX hub?

As shown in the photo, what tool do I need to take this rear hub apart? I assume I need a tool which will fit in the 4 notches. The problem I am trying to fix is that if you pedal, the rear cog spins ...
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Is it a good idea to switch to hub gear?

I have a Firefox Roadrunner Pro. I wanted to know if it was a good idea to install an internal hub gear on it. I want to install it to reduce dust accumulation and oiling and to simplify the ...
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Mounting a 7-Speed Cassette on an 8/9 speed hub

I asked an earlier question regarding putting modern road wheels on my old steel frame. After clarifying a few things the main issue to me is the number of gears on the freehub. (The freehub I'm ...
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How did my rear freewheel become incredibly tight overnight?

I got a flat yesterday morning after a normal ride, walked my bike inside the house and propped it upside-down (like this) overnight. This morning, I changed the flat and put on some brand new tires ...
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Options for replacing a 7 speed Shimano cassette / chain

I would like to replace my 7 speed HG70 cassette and chain. My problem is that it is increasingly difficult to find quality parts for 7 speed system. My bike is a Trek 970 from 1993, originally with ...
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Why is my chain riding up and skipping teeth on the freewheel?

Due to a number of reasons, I would like to keep my freewheel at all costs (It's a Sachs freewheel, the bike has all sorts of more 'vintage' components, and they're hard to come by). From reading all ...
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What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel?

What tool is needed to remove a Shimano HG-50 freewheel from the wheel hub? It looks like a 12mm or 13mm Allen key. Will this do it or is there some detail I have missed?
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What do I need to know when replacing my cassette?

I'm looking to replace the cassette on my bike with a smaller version, as I find I'm only ever using the top ring of my chainring (except once recently during rain-ageddon). What do I need to know ...
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When I pedal the rear wheel is not turning

I have a very old bike. It used to work perfectly, but just recently it happened that when I pedal the rear wheel is not turning. Just for notice I pedal in the correct direction, brakes are not ...
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How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?

I have a Shimano freewheel (MX-30) that came with my bike from new. Unfortunately the internals got all gunked up and it stopped working (never engaged and became free both ways). I have bought and ...
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Shimano MF Z012 replacement Freewheel?

I need to replace my Z012 freewheel due to wear on my 12 speed road bike. I can't seem to find a replacement that matches it. The large gear has 28 teeth and the small has 13. I bought a MF-TZ20 ...
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How does this hub come apart?

Really, I have two questions. But first, I see no place to put a wrench on this hub. Well, there is one small notch on one side on the dust cap (on the other side). How do I get this hub apart? It's ...
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Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to 6 speed

Can you change a 7 speed freewheel to a 6 speed
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Do new wheels usually come with freehubs?

I was looking around for new wheels and thoroughly confused about the common approach to freehubs. Do they usually come with the freehub or do I have to actually put that on? If they do come with ...
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Home-made sealed freewheel?

Is there any way to do a home-made sealing on my freewheel? Is there any material recommended to do it? Anyone can find some previous try documented? Will I fail miserably if I try to source a ...
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Chain skipping on new freewheel and chain setup - What went wrong?

BACKGROUND NOTE: The bike is a 1992 Univega MTB that originally came with 6-speed SIS with a triple chainring. I removed the SIS shifter when it broke, and went with a friction shifter. The bike is ...
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Planning on building a fixed-gear/single-speed from an old Schwinn World. What new parts will I need?

I think I want a flip flop hub, to keep my options open. If I get one off amazon, do I need to buy a freewheel and fixed-gear cog as well, or will those come with the hub? Also, does the hub have to ...
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How does one test the freewheel?

What are the failure modes (symptoms) of a failing or failed freewheel? My understanding of normal free wheeling means the rear tire should rotate when the bike is moving and the pedals are or are ...
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What hub to purchase for a GT aggressor?

I have a GT Aggressor 1.0 Specs here: http://www.gtbicycles.com/2013/bikes/mountain/trail/aggressor-1-0 Recently on a long ride, the crank started to roll freely after a long downhill. i.e. when ...
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Unknown freehub, trying to source

I have a neighbours daughters bike to fix at the moment. The freehub is totally seized. I've removed the freehub from the hub itself, but can't identify it nor have I see any like it. It doesn't have ...
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What crankset should I buy to suit an 8 Speed Campy freehub?

I've just bought a pair of campagnolo/mavic wheels without a freewheel. I'm finding it very hard to understand what will fit on the rear hub. It's English thread, does this mean that any 8 speed ...
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Old road freewheels vs new mtn bike freewheels?

I heard an interesting opinion yesterday that said all freewheels made back in the day (we were discussing this over a wheel with a Maillard hub and a Maeda (?) freewheel). The shop mechanic said that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Disk brakes severely reduced in power after replacing bearings

so I am creating a few posts about bearings and wheels, (story so far): how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings mountain bike freewheel hub stopped rotating I have now got the ...
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mountain bike freewheel hub stopped rotating

So I was trying to replace my rear bearings and got stuck, (see question below): how to reassemble mountain bike rear wheel hub and bearings After this I felt confident to go ahead. Was putting it ...
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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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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 ...