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If you have a freewheel (which it seems like you have on the BSO), and theres anything wrong with it, the solution is to replace it (if those directions don't work, you can try this method). In general, they're not user serviceable parts. My guess is that you have some pawls stuck or something. A stopgap measure that might work is dumping wd-40 or similar ...


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In short, no. Bad idea. But if you get lucky a couple of times, yes, it could work like you want. 8spd freewheels cost about the same as 7spds, so not much risk in 'going for it' and failing. Realistically, stick to 7 spd and upgrade the RD for the extra capacity to deal with the big cog if you must... but I'd try it out first, they usually ship long cage ...


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Yes - 24 to 34 is a big jump, but in practice it just takes another half to one second to complete the shift. Also helps that you'll be riding relatively slowly by the time you want that gear, probably ~10 km/h and likely half that speed. A freewheel is not cheap but is not ridiculously expensive either. You should buy one, fit it, and try it out.


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Yes - chains can be broken and will also wear quicker when under stress from low gearing. I have snapped a almost new KMC chain while on a 15% climb. I would have been in 26/42 on a 26" MTB. Fortunately I was going very slow. The pedals spun, so I clamped on brakes while unclipping. The slope meant I couldn't reach the ground straight below the seat, ...


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If I don't ride hard, is it ok to use an 8 speed freewheel? Here are two answers: No, because a person who asks this question clearly understands the risks. The fact that someone who understands the risks is asking the internet whether the person should assume those risks indicates that the person is not capable of judging (or is uncertain of his ...



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