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.
When should I change my bike cassette?
My rule of thumb is to replace it at 75 per cent wear (as measured with a chain-wear indicator). If you stick with this guideline, your cassette and chainrings will last a lot longer. A cassette, in most cases, can last for approximately two to three chain replacements if they are done at the right time.
Can you change a cassette without a chain whip?
The premise is awesome; using just the lockring and a borrowed wrench from an auto parts store, you can remove a cassette in the field without a chain whip, which is prohibitively heavy to carry on tour.
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.
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.
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.