Cassette Socket

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
What cassette is fitted? Original? Any markings? Number of slots? Diameter? Pic?
 

Cycleops

Legendary Member
Location
Accra, Ghana
You can remove it without the tool but you will destroy the freewheel if you don't want to buy the tool and the cogs are worn out:

View: https://youtu.be/WsVL1XqZve8
 

raleighnut

Legendary Member
I cheat slightly, what I do is take the wheel into a bike shop (note the wheel not the whole bike) and ask for a freewheel to match this one, buy it and then ask if they can swap it over for me. Most of the time they'll do it for free (only takes a couple of minutes with the right kit) but I'll give em a couple of quid for the Tea/Biscuit jar.
 

T4tomo

Guru
You can remove it without the tool but you will destroy the freewheel if you don't want to buy the tool and the cogs are worn out:

View: https://youtu.be/WsVL1XqZve8
somewhat pointless when a standard shimano freewheel remover costs peanuts.

OP - if the bugger is stuck on very solidly (its a standard anti clock unscrew), its good to attached the tool and reinsert the skewer to keep it in place, then either use a long wrench on the tool, which now wont slip, or even better hold the tool in a vice and unscrew the wheel off the freewheel - the tyre gives you a very good grip.

Steel freewheels last for yonks, but if as I like Skol points out you are finding the low gears a bit high, they did do touring "blocks" back in the day 14-28 (as well as corn cob time trial ones). Going much beyond a 28T may give your rear derailleur range issues (even if you cold find one), and a lot of the period crank sets you struggle to get below a 38T inner ring on (a double). A touring triple is your friend in a hilly area.

the good news is frictions shifters don't care what speed freewheel you fit, so if you find a 6 spd 14-28T then that will fit just as good as a 5 spd.

At least you have a standard shimano screw on freewheel, one of my fleet has a Maillard Helicomatic hub, which is a whole other world of specialist tools and weirdness....
 
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