Re: [CR]Removing a freewheel from a bare hub?

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Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2005 22:48:22 -0800
From: Chuck Schmidt <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Removing a freewheel from a bare hub?
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bruce thomson wrote:
> Does anyone have experience (positive experience, that is) in removing a freewheel from a hub that has been cut from a rim? Since this does not have the leverage of a complete wheel, is there a way of clamping (holding) the hub while removing the freewheel without damage to the hub? Bruce
> Bruce Thomson Spokane WA 99204
> (509) 747 4314

It is actually very fast and easy to lace a few spokes into the hub and a rim, use the skewer to hold the freewheel remover in place and clamp the remover in a vice and then use the rim to unscrew the hub. There is no other way to hold the hub without damaging it.

If it is a low flange I'd use "Z" shaped spokes into the drive side flange if you can't get any spokes into the holes because they are blocked by the freewheel (don't be afraid to bend the spokes into tight curves to go through the spoke holes). Large flange hubs are no problem this way, small flange hubs are another thing.

I'd be hesitant to just lace the non-drive side flange as the hub barrel can get twisted if the freewheel is on there really tight and then the hub will be junk.

You just need to lace eight spokes (32 hole) or nine spokes (36 hole) on the drive side flange.

Chuck Schmidt South Pasadena, CA