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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4/6/2011 11:25:23 am
A week or so ago Bob sent me a 5-speed he'd been cleaning, restoring, etc. I was hoping for any decent used 120mm 5-speed for a vintage bike. What I got could have been straight out of the box from the factory! It was clean, smooth, lovely, looked new. Even better, it had non-standard gearing that was just what I never expect to find. Pastor Bob communicated with me about what I wanted and what he had. It was the perfect solution for me.
4/18/2011 02:58:17 am
As a vintage bike hobbyist restorer, I feel pretty confident in my ability to rebuild everything on a vintage bike except for one thing. I wouldn’t even attempt trying to rebuild the mysterious inner-workings of a freewheel. In the past, if the freewheel seemed not to work properly, I would just replace it and chuck the old one. It was so nice to find someone who specialized in reconditioning these contraptions. I had assumed that the Regina FW I sent to FreeWheelSpa was a goner; however, I was completely amazed at the like-new rock-solid condition it was in after the “Spa” treatment. Very friendly folks and great customer service! I think the FW’s I come across in the future will be ‘begging’ me to send them to the “spa”, and I will happily oblige. - J. Roth
4/18/2011 11:20:47 am
Thanks guys for the votes of confidence! I do my utmost to make the customer and the freewheel happier than they might ever imagine!
4/24/2011 09:10:58 am
Pastor Bob, what a great idea! There are a lot of folks afraid to take a freewheel apart, this is perfect for anyone afraid of small ball bearings and even smaller springs.
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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!