[CR] Rebuilt my Regina CX freewheel

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From: "Bianca Pratorius" <biankita@comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2009 12:58:47 -0500
Subject: [CR] Rebuilt my Regina CX freewheel

This is the first freewheel since 1970 that I dared to rebuild. It went smoothly in fact as it did almost forty years ago. I screwed the body face up to a large plywood board using three screws around the largest cog to hold it in place. Then I inserted the freewheel remover and held it with a large adjustable wrench. I tapped the cover plate clockwise and unscrewed the top piece. I counted 29 balls in the upper race and three shim washers. All remaining balls would by logic go in the lower race. I cleaned everything carefully especially the two pawls and pawl sockets and spring. I held all the balls with thick clear grease so I could count each one easily. There was no need to use rubber bands or thread to hold down the pawls because by turning the upper body into the main body they just snapped into place. I tapped the cover plate back into lock position and then added some motor oil to thin out the thick grease a bit. It seems to run perfectly now and if it doesn't run now then the problem was never anything obvious. All in all it was only an hour's work for an adventure and a learning experience rolled up in one. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Garth Libre in Miami Florida USA