Question about Schwinn 26in Women's Mirada Bicycle
Hi, My Daughter owns a Schwinn, Marada women's bicycle and the smallest gear on the cassette broke. It's in more that one piece and I only have about 2/3 of it, we can't find the rest. I am pretty handy so the fix doesn't bother me but I don't know what size cassette I should purchase because I don't know how many teeth are on the small gear. Also the shifters and derailleurs are Shimano but I don't know if the cassette is or not (no markings). So I guess my questions are what size cassette do I need?, Should I buy Shimano?, can I just purchase it through Amazon? and I know that I need a cassette removal tool but are there any other tools I will need?
The Mirada almost certainly has a freewheel, not a cassette. To replace it you need to get a Shimano compatible freewheel (does not have to be Shimano brand) with the same number of teeth on the largest cog and the same number of cogs on the freewheel (5 or 6). Removal takes a special tool that you will likely not use again, and the chain should be checked for wear whenever the rear cogs are replaced, as well as derailleur adjustment should be double-checked. All that means that I would strongly advise you have a bike shop do the very quick procedure, or at least take the wheel in for them to remove the freewheel. A bike co-op would be a great alternative if you have one available in your area.
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Posted on Mar 30, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Schwinn doesn't make cassettes. You want details but don't provide any.
A simple web search for "cassette removal tool" leads eventully to http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/categories/cassette-and-freewheel-service
Posted on Aug 13, 2011
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