Replace A Bike Freewheel


There are a number of reasons why you might need to remove and replace a bike freewheel. You may need to service the bearings on the wheel hub, replace a spoke on the drive side of the wheel, or maybe to replace the cassette itself.

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 Replace A Bike Freewheel:

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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.

3. 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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4. Lubricate A Bike Freewheel

An old style bike freewheel can be lubricated easily.

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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.