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:
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.
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!