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    freewheel question

    ok, say i'm pedaling around on my Inbred...if i take me feet off the pedals and coast, the pedals should not move. however, they do. if i do as little as walk my bike to my truck, the cranks will rotate with the freewheel. at first i thought my chain tension was too tight, but that's not the case. is this a freewheel problem (time to switch it out)?

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    Sounds like the freewheels either dying, or there is excessive gunk in the mechinism. A recent issue of Dirt Rag had an excellent article about overhauling a freewheel. I never bothered with mine; just chucked em and bought a new one, but I never really gave an overhaul any effort. Check it out. You need a spanner, WD-40, and some oil. And rags of course.

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    damn spanners. i need to get some of those.

    one of these days, when i've got some cash, i think i'll invest in one of the White Industries freewheels.

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    Or a Chris King SS hub? I've read about the WI SS hubs tho, nice. WISS? WISSY? Hehh he.

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    i'm still long-term debating whether CK hubs are worth the money. maybe when i've got a few...many...more years on the bike. though, i do like the idea of a cog rather than a freewheel now.

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    servicing a freewheel isn't too difficult but if you take the time to take it apart and clean it, you may find it's damaged or something else is wrong. seeing as how they are inexpensive replacing them is usually much easier. but pick up a set of spanners and rip into it. if nothing else you''ll get to see how it works. and that's just as important as knowing how to fix it.

    the Kings are waaaay worth the
    money.

    infact, i've been meaning to post a link to "why" they are worth it.

    check raspa for the post.

    the cool think about kings ringdrive and bearing set up is that it's almost impossible to trash the hub and it's bearing. it's only achellies heel is not keep the hub adjusted. but king constantly does it's best to provide the adjustment information. with the SS rear hub it's a sinch...you don't even have to remove it fromt he bike to adjust it. can't get any easier then that.

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    yeah, i downloaded a few vids on hub assembly and was in awe at the simplicity of them. do spanners come in different sizes, or colors (like spoke wrenches) or are they all the same?

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    spanners do and there are two types. best thing to do is get one that's adjustable. it'll fit almost anything that needs a spanner.

    wrench force, park tools, perdros, VAR, felco, all make a universal spanner.

    but before you purchase it, make sure it spreads wide enough for a given application. some only spread about 3 or 4 cm and they might not eb enough for some freewheels.

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