Regina Extra MegaRange!
I aim to please! My business seems to be rather unique. In all my searching I've not found another website offering bicycle freewheel cleaning, restoration, and service. I'm glad I can offer such a place, whether it is for those who hate to throw things away, the restoration purist, or just for someone who has been the sole owner of their bike for 40+ years and they want to keep it all original. I'm glad I can help, and do so at what is hopefully a reasonable price.
I do want customers to be satisfied, and if there is ever anything in question or wrong with a FWS serviced freewheel, I'll be glad to take it back for further attention, refund the cost, and cover reversed shipping. I stand behind my work and feel it is paramount that the customer come first and be satisfied.
Recently I have received unsolicited comments from happy FWS customers. I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I felt they were worth sharing. Some members of Bike Forums Classic & Vintage section have posted that dis-assembly, cleaning and greasing of freewheels is not necessary. They advocate for the less than adequate flush and oil method. But here is what a few happy FWS customers have said:
More Sachs Stories
Over the past month I've worked on four additional Sachs freewheels. All have been 6 speeds and all had the two smallest cogs threaded onto the body while the other four cogs had splines and spacers. Pretty much the same as most Suntour, Shimano, and later model Regina freewheels.
But these four were different in that the bearings were loose, and not held in cages as was the case for Sachs 7 speed Aris freewheel mentioned in the previous posting. I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.
All in all, I like the loose bearings better. The Sachs freewheels really purr when they have been properly cleaned, serviced, and new grease applied. I like them so much I recently bought one for myself.
_I was sent this Sachs 7 Speed Freewheel recently and was surprised to find that the internal bearings are held in place by plastic cages. I'd never seen this in the Shimano, Suntour, Regina or Atom freewheels I had serviced. As you can see there about 2/3rds less bearings in this system.
While I was able to clean and service the bearings and cages, I wonder if Sachs meant for the bearings and cages to be replaced? It would seem the sensible thing to do since it was quite a tedious process to scrape the old, plaster-like, grease from the cages and bearings.
As can be seen, the bearings are offset in the cages towards the center. This insures proper contact with the races.
This particular freewheel used both threaded and splined cogs in order to build it to the body.
A few weeks ago, a member of Classic & Vintage sub-forum on www.bikeforums.net started a thread about a set of wheels he had recently picked up. Mounted to the rear hub was this severely rusted Regina CX 7 speed freewheel. Yes, that is rust, not caked on road grime, oil, and dirt. He also noted the FW made a loud clunking sound.
I sent him my Regina tool in order to remove the FW and send it in for the Full Spa Treatment. It arrived about two weeks ago, and I could not believe how bad this FW had been neglected! Every cog had about a .5mm layer of rust. Obviously it had lived near the ocean. It was sad, but I was not deterred.
A liberal dose of penetrating oil was applied to the cogs and retaining ring. I repeated this about 4-5 times. Eventually, the cogs started to loosen in their threads.
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30 Year Old Regina Corsa Receives the full Spa Treatment
Regina, Mallard, and European freewheels in general, are sort of a hit or miss experience. They can be a challenge to disassemble. Their cogs don't like to thread off the body, and the retaining ring tends to remain stuck tight. No matter how much the threads are soaked in penetrating oil, they like to stay together.
It was a real privilege to have Frank the Welder send me his Regina Corsa 5 speed for the full Spa Treatment. Frank is a legend in the MTB world and is a member of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. I was honored to see what I could do for his 30 year old freewheel he planned to use on a vintage Raleigh restoration.
Frank's freewheel could not have been more cooperative! All but one of the cogs threaded off! The retaining ring threaded off! Out came the bearings, the pawls and the springs. All the pieces went into the cleaner, and came out in great shape.
Frank will be pleased. His Regina Corsa has at least 10,000 miles or 10 years before another Spa Treatment is needed.
Before entering FreeWheelSpa.
This Shimano wide range 6 speed was moderately dirty on the outside, but in need of a cleaning and new grease on the inside. The spin was stiff and the clicks were less than enthusiastic.
Apart she came, cogs, spacers, bearing retainer, balls, and pawls. Into the spa she went, for cleaning and rejuvenation. When she emerged, she was ready for her makeover!
Synthetic grease for the ball bearings, high quality machine oil for the pawls. In no time whatsoever, this old Shimano, was purring like a kitten with a lifetime ahead, and no one to stop it!
Don't they look happy? Greased, oiled, and ready for reassembly!
Sometime last year, while visiting what we call in my small New Hampshire town, "The Stump Dump," I was able to rescue a few freewheels. They were all filthy, gritty, and either didn't or barely moved. Their "clicks" had disappeared. Their cogs were buried under years of road and chain dirt.
Most Classic & Vintage bicycle enthusiasts would have been sad these mechanical marvels had been so poorly neglected. But not the FreeWheelSpa meister!
Into the spa they went for a full force treatment. A while later, they emerged ready for new grease and oil conditioning!
L-R: Suntour, Shimano, Shimano
Immediately I could see how rejuvenated they felt. Their pawls were beaming and bending back and forth. Their bearings felt as if they had just emerged from the factory. Their housings, spacers and lock rings felt as if they had just been minted at the foundry. Their Cogs and spacers had never felt so clean!! They were very happy for first time in years, if not decades! Before long they were fully reassembled and ready for years of service.
FreeWheelSpa can do for your freewheels and cassettes what these three orphans experienced. Check out my "SERVICES" page. Thanks!
Here is where I'll talk about all things freewheel, cassette, chains, and chainrings. Kind of boring stuff, unless you are into bicycles, then you know, that without them, your bike just won't go. Well, technically it will, downhill, if you throw it off a bridge, or it is hit by something else, etc.
But the real key to tying your bicycle into your propulsion system (you), is a fixed cog or a freewheel or a cassette, a chain, and a chainring. Without these three key mechanical systems, you are dead on the asphalt.
Feel free to add your thoughts, comments, corrections, and stupendous ideas. All I ask is you be nice about how you do so.
Thanks for reading!
The Spa Meister
In my normal life I'm a pastor, really, a husband, and a dad. In my spare time I ride and wrench bikes. Freewheel Spa might be a good way to contribute to Soc Sec!