What tools do I need to remove a bike cassette?
The lockring is designed to hold the cogs of the cassette in place on the hub. In order to remove and replace your cassette, you need to unscrew this lockring. You’ll need three tools to do this: a chain whip, a cassette lockring remover and a large adjustable crescent wrench.
What can I use if I don’t have a chain whip?
If you have a regular claw hammer and another length of chain, then you can create your own chain whip. Just drape the length of chain through the claw part of the hammer with the majority of chain going away from the handle of the hammer.
What type of bike cassette do I have?
To determine if a sprocket is a freewheel or cassette system, remove the rear wheel from the bike. Find the tool fitting on the sprocket set. Spin the sprockets backwards. If the fittings spin with the cogs, it is a cassette system with a freehub.
How do I know what speed cassette is on my bike?
The only way to know what’s on your bicycle is by determining the number of teeth on the largest gear on your rear wheel. This is typically shown on the cassette’s packaging. For example, a road style 8 speed cassette might be marked as: 8 speed – 11-28t.
How do you remove an old style freewheel?
- Mount bike in repair stand and remove rear wheel from bike.
- Remove quick-release skewer.
- Inspect freewheel center and select correct removal tool (see chart above).
- Engage tool into splines/notches.
- Reinstall quick-release skewer with skewer nut on outside of remover.
- Snug skewer nut against remover.