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My rear hub on my blackcomb/mongoose just slips when I try to start riding, how do I fix this?


I am not familiar with this model, but you will either have a coaster type brake hub (pedal backwards to apply brakes) or you will have a freewheel type of hub that allows you to rotate the cranks backward without engaging anything.

If you have a coaster brake type hub then you will need to rebuild the hub, which is too complicated to explain in this post. Take it to your local bike shop (LBS) and buy a new wheel for about $25 - $50.

If you have a freewheel hub, then what is happening is the pawls inside the freewheel or the cassette are not engaging. They are activated by small springs within the freewheel or cassette. The springs could be broken, the pawls could be broken or a likely scenario is that the grease inside has become sticky or the pawls are rusty. You can try flushing it out with some Liquid Wrench or WD40 oil, by squirting the lube in the side of the freewheel/cassette (squirting it on the teeth of the cogs will do nothing). Look at the side of the hub around the axle, if you rotate the freewheel backwards you will see where it rotates around a stationary part and this is where you can squirt the oil in. It will take a few shots of oil and rotating the freewheel at the same time to work the oil into the pawls and springs. You can disassemble the freewheel/cassette but this requires specialized tools that most consumer don't have but they can be purchased at you LBS.

Alternatively, buy a new freewheel/cassette hub and you are in business. It requires a special tool to remove so once again, go to your LBS and they can remove it in a just a few seconds and install a new one just as quick and probably only charge you a nominal amount to do it ($10-20, which is the cost of the tool, but how often do you need to remove your freewheel, right?). A BMX freewheel is as cheap as $15 and up and a cassette varies from $10-50 depending on brand and quality.

Good luck, P.S. if you go the "oil flush" route, it will destroy the grease inside and you will have to squirt a little oil in there on a frequent basis to keep things running smooth.

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Need detailed description of cassette removal tool for Schwinn cassette. (manuf. name, model no. etc.)


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

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What is the proper tool to remove rear wheel cassette from specialized CrossTrail to replace a spoke?


You need a freewheel/cassette removal tool. Here's a link to Park Tools page (great quality tools at reasonable prices) http://www.parktool.com/category/freewheel-cassette There are several different types to fit different styles. My usual method is to remove the quick release skewer, place the tool on the freewheel/cassette, put the skewer back on to hold the tool in place (skewer should be just a little loose). Put the tool side of the wheel down and clamp it in a vise. Then grab the wheel with your hands and twist it sharply (not slow and steady) counter-clockwise. Good luck, Vote if you found this helpful. Al K

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Im try get a freewheel removel tool for a mens 26 in. magna glacier point, what one do I need


If you can determine what brand and style of freewheel/cassette it is, this company makes the tool for it. A local bike shop would be able to do it for you if you bought the freewheel from them, I imagine.

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/categories/cassette-and-freewheel-service

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Which freewheel/cassette is needed for men's schwinn coronado?


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