Re: [CR]Fundamental Rites of Passage need freewheel removal advice

Example: Racing:Jacques Boyer

Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2007 11:56:43 -0500
From: John Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Fundamental Rites of Passage <was> need freewheel removal advice
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In-Reply-To: wrote:
> The esteemed Captain Bike reflected upon the faux pas of removing a rim from
> a hub before removing the freewheel as.......
>> <<..... fundamental rite of passage.>>
> I thought this was interesting and would like to start a thread concerning
> what others might consider "rites of passage" regarding the "normal" types of
> work performed, and or, attempted without success, which resulted in a "oh no,
> what do I do now....." sort of response?
> I'll start by sharing something I did many years ago which involved a
> Stronglight 49D crankset: A customer (this was a long time ago!) wanted different
> rings (less teeth), and I replaced them as requested, but reversed the inner
> bolts, so the bolt heads were now facing out. Wasn't a big deal until the
> customer wanted new rings <again>.........For those of you unfamiliar with the
> design, there is little to no purchase for the two bolt heads nearest the crank
> arm IF they are installed with the heads facing out. :-(
> I suspect there are 'ROP' which are equipment specific - and not many folks
> today would have to contend with Stronglight 49D cranksets........

One that's as true today as it was in the "on-topic" era: Failing to check that the tire bead is fully seated before inflating to full pressure. In a small shop, the result is quite deafening.


-John Thompson (
Appleton WI USA