Advice for removing a Stubborn Single Speed Freewheel
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    Advice for removing a Stubborn Single Speed Freewheel

    I'm having a difficult time removing a properly-greased Shimano MX30 single speed freewheel (using the requisite 4-prong tool) from a Bianchi wheel.

    In most cases, I'll use the axle nut over the freewheel tool to prevent it from slipping. However, for this particular wheel, the axle is too short to screw the nut over the tool, so the tool ends up slipping off the freewheel before I'm able to loosen it.

    Any other tricks I can try? Otherwise, I'll just take it in to the shop.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Put the tool in a bench mounted vice and then push down on the wheel rim while turning the wheel.
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    Unfortunately don't have easy access to a workbench with a mounted vice. I occasionally restore/build furniture and have a few different types of clamps sitting around, but doubt I could make those work for this particular application.

    Thanks for the response, never-the-less. Sounds like a good solution.

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    Can you shift the axle out to the drive side? Loosen the lock nuts and move the non drive cone as far left on the axle as you can. then adjust the drive side cone. This should give you just a bit more axle to work with. When you get the freewheel off, readjust the cones to the correct position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 202cycle View Post
    Can you shift the axle out to the drive side? Loosen the lock nuts and move the non drive cone as far left on the axle as you can. then adjust the drive side cone. This should give you just a bit more axle to work with. When you get the freewheel off, readjust the cones to the correct position.
    I did try that with adjustable wrenches, but stopped short of loosening the axle because I didn't want to make a mess of a simple problem (I've never disassembled the axle and bearings on a track hub, so working with no experience in that regard).

    I'll check out the Parktool site and other videos to see if I need to get specific cone wrenches or if I can carry out this task with adjustable wenches. If I need to buy a lot of new tools, I'll probably just have the LBS take care of this one.

    Thanks for your help.

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