How to Remove a Freewheel

If you’re riding a bike with a freewheel, it’s a good idea to know how to remove it. A freewheel is a mechanism on the rear wheel that allows you to coast. When you’re pedaling forwards, the chain is pulled tight and spins the cassette (or cogset).

When you stop pedaling or start pedaling backwards, the chain relaxes and doesn’t spin the cassette. The main reason to remove a freewheel is if it’s damaged and needs to be replaced. You might also need to remove it if you’re changing from one type of gearing to another (e.g., from a 6-speed freewheel to an 8-speed cassette).

  • Unscrew the retaining nut or ring that holds the freewheel in place
  • This is usually located on the drive side of the rear wheel
  • Use a chain whip to hold the cog while you unscrew the freewheel body with a freewheel remover tool
  • The teeth of the chain whip should be engaged with one of the teeth on the cog, and the handle of the chain whip should be pointing counterclockwise when viewed from above
  • Insert the remover tool into the center of the freewheel body and turn it counterclockwise to remove it from the hub
  • Some models may require a special adapter to fit onto the remover tool
  • Clean off any old grease or debris from both sides of the hub where the free wheel was mounted
  • If desired, apply new grease to these surfaces before installing the new free wheel
  • 5 Screw on the new free wheel tightly by hand, then use a wrench to finish tight eningit according to manufacturer’s specifications
  • Re-install the retain in gnu torring ,and make sure it is tight
How Do You Remove a Freewheel Without Tools?

How Do You Remove a Freewheel Without Tools?

Removing a freewheel without tools is possible, but it is much more difficult than with the proper tools. The first step is to remove the axle nut or quick release skewer. Next, you need to loosen the cones on both sides of the hub.

Once these are loose, you can remove the axle and pull out the old freewheel body. To install the new one, simply reverse these steps.

Which Way Do You Turn a Freewheel Off?

If you’re unsure of which way to turn a freewheel off, it’s always best to consult your bike mechanic. However, in general, most freewheels will unscrew in a counter-clockwise direction. To be sure, you can always look up your specific model of freewheel online or in the owner’s manual.

How Do You Loosen a Tight Freewheel?

How Do You Loosen a Tight Freewheel?

If your bike’s freewheel is tight, it can be hard to pedal. You may need to adjust the bearings or replace the entire freewheel. Here’s how to loosen a tight freewheel.

First, you’ll need to remove the wheel from the bike. Next, use a wrench to remove the lock nut that holds the freewheel in place. Once the locknut is removed, you can unscrew the freewheel using another wrench.

Once the freewheel is removed, inspect the bearings and make sure they’re not damaged or excessively worn. If they are, you’ll need to replace them before reassembling everything. Otherwise, simply clean and lubricate the bearings before putting everything back together.

To reassemble, simply screw on the new or cleaned free wheel and tighten it in place with a wrench. Be sure to also tighten down the lock nut so that everything stays secure while you’re riding.

Freewheel Removal & Installation

Freewheel Removal Without Tool

Removing a freewheel from your bike without a tool can be a bit of a challenge. However, with a little patience and some careful work, it can be done. Here are the steps to take:

1. First, remove the rear wheel from your bike. This will give you better access to the freewheel.

2. Next, use a pair of pliers to grab onto the end of the freewheel that is sticking out. Apply some pressure and twist the pliers back and forth until the freewheel starts to loosen.

3. Continue twisting and pulling on the freewheel until it comes completely off. You may need to use a lot of force, so be careful not to damage the threads on your bike frame.

4. Once the freewheel is removed, you can proceed with installing a new one or simply re-attach your rear wheel and enjoy riding again!


Assuming you would like a summary of the blog titled “How to Remove a Freewheel”, here it is: If your bike has a freewheel, you may need to remove it at some point for maintenance or replacement. This can be a bit tricky, but with the right tools and know-how, it’s doable.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to remove a freewheel from your bike. First, you’ll need two things: an adjustable wrench and a chain whip. The chain whip is used to hold the cassette (the part of the bike with the gears) in place while you use the wrench to loosen the lockring that holds the whole thing together.

To begin, put the chain whip on one of the largest gears on the cassette and make sure that it’s tight. Then, place the adjustable wrench on top of the lockring and push down hard so that it doesn’t slip. Finally, turn the wrench counterclockwise until the lockring comes loose (it should only take a few turns).

Once it’s loose, you can remove both the lockring and cassette from your bike.

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