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How to strip a threaded freewheel hub: A tutorial(5 posts)

How to strip a threaded freewheel hub: A tutorialPdxMark
Jan 13, 2004 9:39 PM
I've started to overhaul my wife's 20 year old Raleigh 10-speed for her to use as an in-town errand bike. I was feeling good, picked up the tools and parts, and have been working on it a bit each night.

Tonight I was going to remove the 5-speed freewheel, something I had done with my bike of that era. I had the correct 2-prong freewheel tool. As suggested by a helpful LBS mechanic, I used the QR skewer to hold the tool against the freewheel to prevent slippage. After tugging a bit with the tool in a vise, I finally got the freewheel to turn.

It started coming off OK, but then bound up a bit. Fearing that I'd strip the threads, I backed off, and started again. Again & again.

To make a long story short, by leaving the #$*!# QR on, I prevented the freewheel from screwing off the hub and stripped the hub threads. Rats! ALl I have left are the 5-6 threads closest to the hub. I feel so stupid. Now I can add building a wheel to my overhaul project, once I can find a used 120mm 36 spoke rear hub.
Check ebay for the hubspookyload
Jan 13, 2004 10:08 PM
They have bunches of 120mm spaced stuff. Use the words retro or classic in you search for parts.
I have a D/A I would sell you cheapDorf411
Jan 14, 2004 9:47 AM
It is a 36 hole Dura Ace spaced at 126 which you could possibly respace to your desired 120. Let me know if you are interested, I can let it go at a very reasonable price. dorf411(at)netzero(dot)net
I have a D/A I would sell you cheapPdxMark
Jan 14, 2004 10:10 AM
Thanks... There is an LBS with used parts I need to check. I'll contact you if that doesn't pan out.
Consider the alternativeKerry Irons
Jan 14, 2004 9:13 PM
I did this once and kept going until I broke the QR! Admittedly your problem is worse. Welcome to the human race. :)