Archive for March 11th, 2011

Overhauling A Bicycle Freewheel

Disassembly and service of a bicycle freewheel isn’t terribly hard, though few people seem to recommend it. Still, having done it myself a number of times, and having seen numerous queries about it online, I figured I’d do a quick post on how to overhaul one, should you ever be possessed of an overwhelming desire to do so.

Should you? It’s debatable, honestly. Freewheels aren’t particularly precise devices, and there’s no real “adjustment” to be made or meaningful performance gain to be had. What you can get, however, is a very quiet freewheel, rather than one that clicks and groans and can be heard from a block away. I like a quiet bike, myself, so I think it’s effort well-spent.
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Published in: Geekiness, General | on March 11th, 2011 | 1 Comment »