Freewheels & Cassettes

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6/7 Speed Freewheel To 8/9/10 Speed Cassette Bike Conversion

I upgrade my vintage road bike from 12 speed (2×6) with downtube friction shifters, to 16 speed (2×8) with STI brifters. This process includes expanding the rear triangle (chain stays/seat stays) from 126mm to 130mm between the dropouts so the wider wheel will fit in the dropouts. You only want to do this on a …Read more »

How To Remove/Install Shimano Uniglide Cassette

Shimano made a style of cassette called Uniglide that was used on bikes in the 80’s. It is similar to the current style of cassettes, but different. It is removed using a different method as well. Instead of using a special tool to remove the lock ring, you use two chain whips. This wheel came …Read more »

How To Install 7 Speed Cassette On 8/9/10 Speed Hub

I show what you need to do to mount a 7 speed cassette on to a bike wheel hub designed to fit 8, 9 or 10 speed cassettes. It involves mounting a 4.5mm spacer onto the hub. But you may need to file notches into the spacer to avoid having the cassette wobble. The wobble …Read more »

How To Remove Freewheel Without Remover Tool

I show how to remove a freewheel from a bike wheel without using a special freewheel remover tool. This can be done if the freewheel remover tool is not available such as for off-brand freewheels. Or if the notches for the remover tool are damaged. Or if you just don’t want to buy the remover …Read more »

How To Remove & Install A Cassette On A Bike Wheel

I needed to change the cassette on my tri bike, so while I was at it, I shot a quick how-to video for anyone who might want to change theirs. My triathlon bike originally came with a 11-23 cassette. That worked fine when I did the Louisville Ironman. But when I did the Lake Placid …Read more »