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Which freewheel to usemozza
Apr 10, 2002 3:15 AM
I have a Dawes Giro 200 with 7 speed 14-28 rear gears, totally standard, i want to change the ratio, how do i know what to buy, are these things universal(probably not, what the hell am i saying) what do i have to look for on what i have to give me the information i need to buy a different freewheel.

Help me ronda, help help me ronda.

re: Which freewheel to usemozza
Apr 10, 2002 3:17 AM
sorry, which one to buy
Apr 10, 2002 3:53 AM
I'm guessing you're in the UK given the Dawes. Freewheel choices are pretty much down to those made by Sachs which are of very good quality. In the 7 speed, I know you can find them in 12/28, 13/21, 13/28, 13/32.
message for bonemanmozza
Apr 10, 2002 3:57 AM
Yes i am in the UK, any idea where to purchase these, i've searched, but can't find anyone

message for bonemanxxl
Apr 10, 2002 4:47 AM
Try Performance or Nashbar, they always seem to have a few. (I'm guessing that being in the UK doesn't affect ordering from them, other than a bit more shipping?)
Thanks but see belowboneman
Apr 10, 2002 8:18 AM
Shipping cost is pretty expensive and plus there's an add on of 17.5% for VAT and import duty of 27% of that total on top of that. I'm a US expatriate living in London and generally avoid ordering from the States direct because of the add on's, particularly if you can find the stuff here. I have a Vortex I bought, on sale, in the States for $1,800. List price here is about £2,400, that's $3,500, mostly due to the aforementioned additional costs.

However when people are coming over, I order stuff, have it sent to them in the States and then have it brought over. Of course they declare it all on arrival at Heathrow, not.
Condor Cycles, Gray's Inn Rd London. (nm)muncher
Apr 10, 2002 6:11 AM
Or by mail at Parker Internationalboneman
Apr 10, 2002 8:09 AM
Their number is 0870 0660340 I've used them quite a bit and they're reliable.
UK source for freewheelJimP
Apr 10, 2002 11:10 AM - Tel: UK 01285 760475
Square Deals on Wheels,
Farm Bungalow, Cowcombe Lane,
Aston Down, Near Stroud,
Freewheels are standard so no worry aboutscottfree
Apr 10, 2002 5:04 AM
getting one that won't fit (as long as you stick with either six or seven speeds). If you go to this page you'll find just about every freewheel for in production (except for Sunraces, which you can get from Rivendell:

I'm sure your local bike shop can get you one, although the markup is so great you'd probably save money mail or web ordering. I bought a Sachs on sale from Bike Nashbar last month for $40 including shipping that my LBS wanted to charge $80+ for.
Millard Heliomatisc aren't....nmRusty Coggs
Apr 10, 2002 5:25 AM
buy it right in the ukTom C
Apr 10, 2002 11:11 AM
Go to, St. John street cycles, they have 5,6,7,8 speed freewheels such as Regina Americas for 40 pounds down to shimano hyperglides for 15.
Why not just change the cogs?Alexx
Apr 10, 2002 1:17 PM
If St. John's carries freewheel cogs, then you are OK. Thirdhand also carries cogs, usually for $8-$10 each, + shippinjg, et al. All you need to mix-and-match cogs are 2 chain whips. Unscrew the small cog (second whip on the 3rd cog!!), then unscrew the second cog. Pull apart, and switch gears.
Why not just change the cogs?Tom C
Apr 10, 2002 1:39 PM
Since he doesn't state which brand of freewheel he's got I recommended he simply get a new freewheel. Individidual cogs are not necessarily interchangeable between brands and very often not interchangeable between different freewheels from the same maker. That and individual cogs are not all that cheap. A 15 pound hyperglide from shimano would be considerably cheaper than the cost of 2 whips just for a start.