I know, search then ask questions. But right now, my bike is sole transport. It's a Walmart bike, Next Power climber. I have a broken spoke and took off the wheel to try to remove the rear cassette. I don't have special tools, and could not get it off, nor did it look like I could. My fear is it's mass produced and the wheel is stuffed. I can't get the spoke out without the cassette coming off. With no help from the manny, what are my options?
Replace the wheel? OK, but how do I know what to ask for? It's an 18 speed gearing. I'll get my hands all greasy, but damned if I can figure this one out.
Thanks guys and girls and sorry for not searching for the answer first.
Mike in NY
There are special tools required from removing your cassette. Your best bet is to take it to a bike shop to have it removed. Otherwise you would have to buy or borrow the tools.
I got that. Did quite some work on my motorcycle. But I can't see how this comes off. Higher end bikes will be component based. Was just wondering if these cheaper bikes (paid 100US) are not based that way. Screw the wheel, replace it. I looked for split ring type retainers, and see no way how it comes off.
As RBurelli wrote: there are special tools for that. Most likely you have a freewheel. There is about a bajillion (well, I guess 5 common and 20 uncommon, but it feels more) different tools to do that, each one with a special pattern of splines to fit the different types of freewheel. Without one you cannot get it off. (well, unless you remove the axle and then try to clamp it from the inside, but that is really just the last resort). A bike shop will have the correct tool. Removing the wheel takes a minute and costs (at my local bike shop) "put something into the tip jar for coffee".
Replacing a spoke is not magic. However, I would have the wheel tensioned and stress relieved as the department store "bikes" have shoddily built wheels. You can build a sturdy, halfway decent wheel with the components, it just takes more time (and would drive up the price).
Higher end bikes have a freehub and a cassette. To remove the cassette you need yet another special tool.
The freewheel requires park tools FR-1 I believe. If you could get a picture of the freewheel I could definitely tell you which one it is. Or as said above buy a used wheel from a bike and they should change it over at no additional cost, I know I would for my customer!
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
Thanks folks. I had looked up earlier to do this, and it was all freehweel. I looked to hold the cassette back and rotate it forward (or vice as it were), but it wasn't happening. So, guess that wasn't it. Bike shop here I come. Can't afford the money, but my footsies would love it!! Thanks all!!!