I'm busy stripping down a late 70s/early 80s Triumph racing frame and its components. On attempting to remove the freewheel, its apparent that none of my freewheel tools are suitable, whilst I have a 12 spline tool, its too big, and I can't seem to find a smaller tool online - any clues as to where to buy/borrow such an item, or how to remove the freewheel without a tool?
Do you have a well-established local bike shop? Assuming nothing's seized, freewheel removal only takes a minute or two and shouldn't cost more than a pound or so.
It sounds as though the tool you need may be the old Shimano TL-FW20 (previously sold as the TL2022). I couldn't find one for sale online in the UK, but here's one on eBay USA:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 0273242801
Based on the small freewheel tool being necessary, am I right in thinking that, short or rebuilding the wheel with a new hub, I'm limited by this size as to what I can replace the freewheel with? i.e., I can't just buy another 5 speed 'standard' freewheel, it will have to have a smaller threaded diameter.
The removal tool format doesn't affect the thread size. It's almost certain that your hub has a standard BSC thread
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