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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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Making a 7 spd cassette or freewheel out of a 9 spd (need to save space to fit in dropouts!)

Restoring an old bike with smaller space between the dropouts and want to use it with a "modern" 9 speed XT derailleur. The shifting needs to be fluid so I'm trying to keep "9 speed&...
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MTB BSO rear hub – bearing size dilemma

Background I am fixing up an old MTB BSO (MTBSO? Or even MBSO?). I reckon it's from the 1990s or early noughties. My ambition is to do it myself and as cheaply as possible. The fault is that the axle ...
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What to do with a busted freewheel on a vintage road bike?

I have a 1986 Panasonic DX-3000 that I use to commute to work and for casual rides. The freewheel did not survive the winter and the bearing inside it is clearly shot and after changing the chain as ...
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18 Speed Mountain Bike Single Speed Conversion

As of right now I currently have an Apollo 18 speed freewheel bike (3 Front and 6 Rear) I bought from Halfords but I have decided that I want to convert it into a single speed bike. This is because I ...
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0W-20 engine oil for freewheel pawls?

Has anyone tried 0W-20 engine oil for the pawls when servicing a Shimano freewheel? Would it gum up the mechanism? Also interested in how long lasting it would be as I don’t plan to service this ...
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Changing chains

I have a 60 year old bike that is eight speed (2 chainrings, 4 cogs in the back). The smallest gear on freewheel is worn out, visibly hooked. I've found a replacement freewheel. I don't have ...
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Compound for freewheel locking sprocket threads

I have an oldschool SunTour 6-speed freewheel, where the smallest sprocket screws on the freewheel body to lock the larger sprockets in place. It's a normal right hand thread, so as you pedal in the ...
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9 speed Shimano Deore derailleur compatibility

Will a 9 speed Shimano Deore derailleur be compatible with my 13-32 tooth freewheel?
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I want to covert my bike from a 7 to 9 speed. I have a Shimano 600 derailleur. Will this work or what would you advise as affordable upgrade?

I want to covert my 7 speed to 9. Currently I have a Shimano 600 derailleur. What parts do I need to make this work?
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How can I remove my stuck freewheel?

I have been trying for days to remove my freewheel using a freewheel tool. I have been using an adjustable spanner for now but it still is not moving. Am I not strong enough? Or is there another trick ...
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Removing 2 bike wheel nuts that move simultaneously when I turn them?

I have recently removed my mountain bike's rear wheel and there are two nuts that I can't remove because when I use a spanner and turn one end the other end turns as well and I cannot remove them. ...
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Freewheel identification, removal, disassemble

I have a 2021 Schwinn High Timbre 27.5" mountain bike with a bent rear axle and grinding bearings. I need to overhaul the hub, but I cannot get the 7-speed freewheel off. I don't know who the ...
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How to adjust drivetrain so I don't pedal empty air?

You might know what I'm talking about: coast a bit, then start a pedal stroke, and there may be zero resistance for a part of the cycle (let's say 30 degrees) like you're pedalling empty air. Then the ...
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Rear wheel not aligned with frame but cog and crank is aligned

My bike was previously a 26er mtb 3x7speed and I converted it now to be a single speed freewheel bike. Is the bike safe to use if the rear wheel is not straight to the frame? It is closer to the drive ...
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Is my bike safe to use if cogs and crank is not that aligned?

Hey guys is it fine if my freewheel bike which is single speed is not that straight with its chain line, because my cogs and crank arent that straight but it is also not that far, im thinking if it is ...
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Do SunTour freewheels have uneven cog spacing?

I have a Suntour freewheel (6 spd, "Perfect" model) that has unequal spacer widths. The spacer between the top and bottom 3 speeds is wider than the other 4 spacers. I purchased the bike ...
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Can I replace a Shimano MF-Z012 (freewheel) with a MF-TZ510?

Can I replace a (6-speed) Shimano MF-Z012 with a (6-speed) MF-TZ500 or MF-TZ510 freewheel? Bonus question: apart from the "T" both models seem to belong to a related series. What does the &...
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What is the max weight an MTB bicycle with a freewheel can handle until it starts putting high stress on the rear axle?

Of course the riding style matters. How hard you go on jumps etc. I don't drive my bicycle that hard. Sometimes i do when im in the mood. My issue is that i am constantly braking my rear axles. It all ...
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Why are trigger shifters so widely used, instead of the twisting grip shifters(revoshift)?

I recently rebuilt my whole bike. It was in terrible condition. I also decided to get a new freewheel with more speeds. While i was doing some research and looking through shifters and freewheels, i ...
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My rear wheel is wobbling much after around 3 months of use. Is there any fix that i could do it or should i replace the wheel?

So i checked the few available solutions. But in my case when I hold the wheel and shake it sideways it is not wobbling it is firm. But when I ride I can see the tyre wobbling and it looks like the ...
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Does anyone know how to take apart this hub to do a single speed conversion

It's a 5 speed joy tech hub. I've tried all but nothing seems to work. Looks like the smallest driver is threaded. Does anyone know how to remove it ?
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Should the tightness of the QR skewer (rear wheel) affect the freewheel

The tighter I fit my rear QR, the less freely my rear wheel spins. It’s very noticeable. Problem is that when I have the QR quite loose I tend to get a creaky noise from the rear axle under load but ...
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Are freewheels really that prone and susceptible to bent axles?

I'm 90kg (198pounds) and I have a 27.5 hard tail mtb 9 speed freewheel and it is quick release. I only use my mtb as a commuter on roads and never on trail. I run my tires at 35-40psi. Ever since i ...
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Which freewheel/cassette for this bike?

I was recently given a mountain bike for free, which I could fix for use by my husband. It is just missing the rear wheel and freewheel/cassette. As far as I can tell it would have been a 7 speed one,...
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How can I lower the gear ratio on my son's bike?

I got a SH Commencal 24" MTB for my son. He loves it - except on climbing steep slopes where he runs out of steam. It comes with a 7-speed 14-28T freewheel (Shimano MF TZ21) + Acera derailleur, ...
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Is possible to mount an existing freewheel on a fixie wheel?

Would it be possible to mount a freewheel from an existing wheel on thie following type of wheel made for fixies? Or do I need a different axis for the rear wheel such as the one below?
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How to get a 7-speed bike with a freewheel on a direct drive trainer

My wife has a 2017 Specialized Alibi Step Through. Specs can be found here: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/alibi-step-through/p/154232?color=&searchText=B6617-7402 I have recently ordered a ...
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Is it possible to fit a 36 hole rim to a 32 hole hub?

I recently had my rear wheel replaced because the old one was bent. Everything about the new wheel was correct except that the shopkeeper ordered a 36 hole rim instead of 32 one. Due to this he told ...
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SRAM XD driver body wear

I was climbing a steep hill, and all of a sudden my pedals started spinning freely. The freewheel had given up. I removed the cassette and found the XD driver looking like this: The areas around the ...
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Freewheel replacement for a touring tandem bike

I have an older touring tandem bike that we use to go on long trips. The gear setup is 3x7. I noticed that we hardly ever use the smallest 3 cogs on the freewheel (of course together with the largest ...
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What if both wheels were powered by pedalling?

Only the rear wheel of a bike is connected to the drivetrain in order to propel the bike forward. I assume the choice of rear wheel instead of the front wheel is for stability (e.g. avoiding '...
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Freewheel engaging sporadically when turned backwards at low speed

I noticed that when going at low speed without pedalling the freewheel sometimes seems to engage anyway and pulling the chain until there is enough tension ( as the rear derailleur contracts due to ...
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Just replaced axle on rear wheel. It is loose at first but as soon as I ride it, it tightens and wheel no longer rotates. Help!

Yesterday, the axle on my rear wheel snapped. I spent today trying to replace it with a new axle of same length. Before doing so, I checked bearings, and they seemed ok. When I put the hardware on the ...
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Freewheel with lock ring, what is this?

I rescued a bike from the trash and want to convert from 7 speed to 9 speed. The biggest sprocket has "Lock Ring Type" printed on, so I assumed it was a 7 speed cassette (and I wanted to ...
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How to disassemble pinned sprockets from a freewheel

I have a shimano freewheel like this one Picture taken from Cassette Removal & Installation I need to use separate sprockets from it but I'm not sure how to extract them without causing any ...
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Can a freewheel hub be swapped out for a cassette hub?

I have a very cheap, yet very old, 26" Chinese rear wheel with a freewheel hub mounted on my MTB. The hub, bearings and cones are shot, but the rim is still good. I have two Shimano cassette hubs ...
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How I can remove this freewheel (without "destroying" it)?

How I can remove this freewheel (without "destructing" it) ? By "destructive removal" I mean this: https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/freewheel-destructive-removal P.S. I ...
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single speed freewheel Shimano SF MX 30 vs Shimano SF-1200

What is the difference between: single speed freewheel Shimano SF MX 30 and Shimano SF-1200 ? Why those freewheels donesn't appear on shimano website? P.S. From the pictures it's clear that the ...
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White Industries ENO on a Hope hub

There seem to be two approaches to single speed freewheels: Screw on to the hub a combined freewheel/sprocket combination (eg. White Industries ENO) Slide on a single sprocket to an existing splined ...
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Freewheel or Cassette

Can someone help me, I currently have a 9 speed cassette on my road bike, I would like to get another pair of wheels with larger tyres so I can swap easy depending on where I'm going without having to ...
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Freewheel and quick release

I got myself a bike to fix up. I changed the freewheel on it but I don't know how to position the nut after I put on the new freewheel. If I screw it on too deep the chain will be too close to the ...
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Freewheel threading on Miche flip-flop hub

I'm currently building a parts list for a new single-speed bike. In the process, I came across a nice looking flip-flop hub from Miche: The "Primato Pista/Strada" I figured that adding the fixed ...
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Possible drivetrain problem?

I recently bought a bike and upon riding it and coasting for a relatively short time I heard a noise that sounded like the chain sort of clicking louder than the freewheel, then eventually the chain ...
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Removing an unusual freewheel

Could someone tell me which tool I can use to remove the freewheel in the attached picture please. I do have a couple of freewheel tools but they don't fit this particular freewheel. Thanks Chris
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Looking for advice - cracked rear hub along bearing races - How to buy a new rear wheel?

TL;DR below My bicycle is an old used Trek hybrid (1994?) that I got a few years back. When replacing the tires recently I discovered that my rear axle was significantly bent (not surprising for a ...
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My bicycle's rear wheel is wobbling

I have a fat bike (Giant Momentum Iride Rocker 3). It says this bike didn't design for offroading but I have one bike and I use it on single-tracks (not very technical) and doing long trips (about ...
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How does one remove a old French (Maillard) sprocket set from its freewheel?

I assume that the smallest sprocket functions as a lockring and has an outer thread that screws into a mating thread on the freewheel. (I also assume that the other sprockets have inner threads that ...
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How does one remove the lockring and sprockets from a Shimano MF-HG20 freewheel?

Getting the freewheel off the hub is no problem; what I want to do is to get the sprockets off the freewheel. I have tried tapping the lockring in an anti-clockwise direction with a steel punch, but ...
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Can I fit an MTB freewheel onto my road bike?

I am looking to replace my 7 speed 12-18t freewheel on my old road bike to a different 7 speed (something like 14-28t) for easier hill climbs. Is it possible to do so and what are some possible ...
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7 speed freewheel

I have 7 speed freewheel on Carrera Zelos. I want to upgrade to 8 speed but can t find any freewheel. How do I do it? Its my first road bike as I normally ride downhills and wanted to mix it up ...
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