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Help! Dumbest wrench move ever.(17 posts)

Help! Dumbest wrench move ever.mikebikr
Feb 10, 2003 5:10 AM
We'll it has to at least make the top 10. I bought a single speed kit from a member of this board. The kit contained several PVC spacers and an 18t BMX cog. I decided to convert an old 8sp MTB to SS for training and commuting. Anyhow after I removed the cassette, I figured I'd rebuild the hubs. After replacing and repacking the bearings I reassembled the hubs, installed the spacers and cog, and then installed the wheel. The hubs weren't spinning smoothly so I removed the spacers and cog to adjust the cones. Then I reinstalled the spacers and attached the lock nut. OH NO! I forgot he cog. Now I've got the lock nut tightened and no gears to attach to the chain whip. I can't remove the lock nut. STUPID STUPID STUPID! Any suggestions? Wrench suggestions please.I know that I need some mental help.

grab body with slip-joint pliers. Squeeze hard! nmekdave
Feb 10, 2003 5:12 AM
Spacers are in the way. (NM)mikebikr
Feb 10, 2003 5:18 AM
cut the spacers off with a dremel ? (NM)climbo
Feb 10, 2003 5:28 AM
No, that would be Doug cutting his Colnago Carbon fork short.nmMB1
Feb 10, 2003 6:51 AM
;-).....BTW nm.MB1
Feb 10, 2003 6:52 AM
no, that's not the dumbest move ever. nmDougSloan
Feb 10, 2003 7:18 AM
help on the waycyclopathic
Feb 10, 2003 7:34 AM
try to wrap cable. Secure the end and then wrap tightly 10-20times around freehub body. On free end use a stick or adj wrench handle and wrap around the same way.

You'll need to experiment but as I recall from physics when you wrap friction force grows exponentially, that's why on sail boats ends were first wrapped and then secured.

Good luck and tell us how it goes

CP /who is still rolling on the floor laughing out loud/

PS If we ever get around to nominee Bike Wrench Darwin awards this is a contender
its up thereniteschaos
Feb 10, 2003 8:27 AM
That's right up there with a friend getting a wheelset from his LBS and he gets home and finds that the nipples are actually different colors (slightly). He goes to the shop and asks about it and they say that they ran out of a certain make, but that they are indeed all brass.

Went on a group ride and hit a pothole and 4 of the ZINC nipples stripped right out and he was stranded. I think that was just cruel.
re: Help! Dumbest wrench move ever.ukiahbill
Feb 10, 2003 8:26 AM
Vice Grip makes a locking tool w/ a length of chain that can be wrapped around the difficult object and then locked down w/ considerable force...this would probobly work well if you can cut off a spacer or is a good tool to have in any case, has many uses, looks like...
Craftsman Strap WrenchFrank Tuesday
Feb 10, 2003 4:58 PM
almost there, but that tool will destroy the freehub body. Use the strap wrench instead. It uses a rubber belt instead of a chain so it won't scratch everything up. If you don't want to buy that, surely you have a oil filter "wrench" laying around. That should work just fine as well. just put an old tube between it and the freehub body.

re: Help! Dumbest wrench move ever.MR_GRUMPY
Feb 10, 2003 9:02 AM
Not really. 7 or 8 years ago. a teammate had crashed and wrecked his rear wheel. I told him that I would lace up a new rim for him. He then proceeded to "help me out" by cutting all the spokes, to save me time. One problem. He forgot to remove the 7 speed freewheel before cutting the spokes. A cassette with a lock ring, would be trouble but possible. With a freewheel, there isn't much to grab onto.
So thats where you got the nickname! :) (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 10, 2003 9:22 AM
Remember "QuickSliver"?brider
Feb 10, 2003 2:39 PM
There's a scene in the movie where these guys are marvelling over a rear hub with a freewheel. I have to laugh at that one -- how the heck are they going to build it up with the freewheel already on the hub?
Elmer's glue on a tube patchAsphalt Addict
Feb 10, 2003 9:06 AM
Happened when I was 12 years old. Still laughing about that one!
can you...desmo
Feb 10, 2003 11:03 AM
take the axel and bearings out. take an old axel and cone nuts and lock it down tight into the hub, using some kind of soft alloy washers or something to protect the races in the hub. leave the axel long on the non drive side and clamp it in a bench vice. use lock ring tool. this may work if you did not really reef down on the lock ring when you installed it. anyway, that's the best I can come up with.
crud. it's a freehub. nevermind above. sorry. nmdesmo
Feb 10, 2003 11:06 AM