Overhaul A Bike’s Freewheel Hub


To overhaul an older style freewheel hub you must first remove the freewheel mechanism. As is usually the case with older bike part designs, it needs to be checked more frequently than a modern sealed cartridge design. but if you look after it carefully, it can last a very long time.

This is a long guide, so you can choose to either watch the entire video above, or follow it in smaller chunks by clicking on the individual steps below.

Steps to Overhaul A Bike’s Freewheel Hub:

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1. Remove A Bike's Rear Wheel With Quick

Removing a rear wheel is a simple task, although the gear mechanism makes it a slightly more complicated than removing the front wheel.

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2. Remove A Bike Freewheel

An old style screw-on bike freewheel may need to be removed to service the hub bearing, to fit a new spoke on the right side of the hub or because the cogs, or the freewheel mechanism are worn out.

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3. Service A Freewheel Hub On A Bike Wheel

An old style rear freewheel hub has bearings like a front wheel and the freewheel screws onto the hub shell. You need to remove the freewheel to service the hub bearing.

4. Mount A Screw On Bike Freewheel

When fitting a screw-on freewheel to a hub you don’t need tools as the sprockets lock with the freewheel body in the clockwise direction.

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5. Mount A Bike's Rear Wheel With Quick

Mounting a rear wheel with quick release skewer is simple, although the gears make it a slightly more complicated

6. Check A Bike Freewheel

A freewheel is a ratchet mechanism mounted on the rear hub which allows the chain to drive the wheel forwards via a cog but when the wheels move faster than the chain the cog is not driven round by the wheel. A freewheel allows a rider to rest their legs while the bike is moving forward.