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Old 09-04-22, 03:40 PM
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I know it's been asked before, but........ (Falcon)

I have been getting some older bikes and renovating them for a charity. A common bike has been older "15 speeds" with 5 cog rears, I have had 3 so far with Falcon freewheels. I want to get a tool to remove these. I understand from reading past posts that many people advise just going to the bike shop to have these removed, then getting rid of them and replacing with something else. I want to have the ability to get these off myself so I can service the bearings. The goal on these bikes is to get them back on the road at the lowest cost.


I have access to the Park FL5. As close as I can measure, this tool is about 1mm to large, though the same number of splines. My understanding is that the Park tool that they sell as a Falcon removal tool is even larger than this.


Some of my reading leads me to think that the tool sold as Shimano Boss will fit the Falcon. I found this ebay listing but they are out of stock. Kengine FR-04 Old Style Shimano Freewheel Remover Bike Tool fits FFS TL-FW20 | eBay


Can anyone verify that this is likely the tool I need, in which case I can start watching ebay for a used one?


BTW, how do you measure a spline tool, across the teeth (which would be a larger number) or across the gaps?


Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-04-22, 04:22 PM
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The Park website lists dimensions for their freewheel tools. See the FR-7.


https://www.parktool.com/en-us/produ...+%26+Freewheel
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I too came across a Falcon freewheel years back and the the Park one worked fine. I wasn't aware there are possibly many Falcon sizes, so I assume I got lucky.

In the past, I emailed Park directly for advice and received responses within a few hours. They have great technical support. I suppose you can send them a pic of the freewheel, maybe include a pic of a caliper across some easy to measure features, and they can recommend a product.

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Originally Posted by louky View Post
... I want to have the ability to get these off myself so I can service the bearings. The goal on these bikes is to get them back on the road at the lowest cost.
Yup, I fully agree to buy the removal tool and be self sufficient, especially since it costs less than $10.
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https://www.parktool.com/en-us/produ...+%26+Freewheel
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Thanks to everyone! I was confused by some previous posts where the poster bought the FR-7 and it was still too large. Apparently, there must have been an older Falcon hub that had a smaller diameter. I was also hampered by my difficulty in getting a measurement I trusted from trying to measure inside the freewheel itself. According to the Park site, a bike shop near me does have the FR-7 in stock I will be able to take the wheel there Tuesday morning and verify fit before purchase. I also have a Shimano equipped wheel from a 1990 Schwinn 5 speed that I suspect will take the FR-1.3 tool which I also will take to get a match.
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