How To Remove Bike Crank Without Puller

If you want to remove a bike crank without a puller, then you must have to possess knowledge about all the basics of bike repairing and maintenance procedures. Removing the bike crank is a quite difficult task. You will require certain tools and need to follow some specific steps to do that. Yet it would be near impossible to finish it without damaging the crank in some places. Therefore, you can’t follow all the available internet suggestions. Because then you will end up damaging the crack. This is why this article will help you go through the basic bike repairing and maintenance process as well as help you learn how to remove a bike crank without a puller.

How to Remove Bike Crank Without Puller?

The best option for replacing a brand-name cassette retainer is to take an old chain. Almost any self-respecting cyclist will have one or two old chains, especially if you do chain rotation and replace them in a timely manner. If the chain is not replaced in time – you can easily get to the amount up to 250 dollars. So, we take the chain, throw it on the cassette by one end and the other end wrap it around a tire wheel, fix it there and turn a nut without a puller. I ended up with the chain slipping over the tire and the tire squeezed the tire.

The second option came by itself when I studied in detail the mechanism of the lock. We again need an old chain, a stick, 4 self-tapping screws, and a screwdriver. It is better not to use nails – they are ripped out of the stick-on.

Removing The Bike Crank

Removing the rear sprocket cassette from the rear wheel on a mountain bike with two sprocket pullers and an adjustable wrench.

Removing the rear cassette: Here’s the second important tool, and the crescent wrench. We slip the puller over the wheel and put the cog in the nut. Well, and the favorite adjustable wrench is there too. Then push down on both sides.

How to remove the rear sprocket: Put it back on the wheel and press down on both sides. Hear the micro clicks of the nut (there’s a ribbed surface, and when you tighten the nut – it locks securely).

How to replace the Shimano cassette sprockets on the rear wheel of a sports road bike: remove the cassette from the rear wheel, separate the sprockets, remove the ones that are worn, and reassemble everything in reverse order

How to change a Shimano cassette sprocket: Remove the cassette from the hub, wash and inspect each sprocket. If you don’t take care to clean and lubricate your bike chain, a stretched chain can pretty much ruin your sprockets.

If any of the sprockets have a lot of wear, it’s better to replace the sprocket. The sprockets in your “favorite gear” are the most common ones to wear out. Usually, the middle sprockets are the ones with the lightest pedal force. Links to cassettes are above, under “Bike Sprocket Repair Parts”. In my case, the sprockets are in pretty good condition, and after defecting them, I decided to put them back together in the same way, with no replacements.

And, while you have removed the sprockets from the wheel (and they’re out of the way), you can rework the wheel bearings at the same time, especially if they are crunchy. The procedure is pretty simple if you know which way to approach the process.

Replacing Rear Wheel Sprockets On A Bicycle

How to put the cassette on the bike and the Shimano XT ratchet: Align the tab with the spline of the cassette and carefully put the rear sprockets in place. Then tighten the special nut.

How to put the cassette on the bike: Assembly is in reverse order. By and large, mixing up the sides of the sprocket (which side out to put) tends to zero, as the hub has guided. And “backward” put the sprockets problematic. But, be careful – with a hammer, I think you can hammer a sprocket in there.

In general, if your sprockets quite often “eat up” because of the stretched chain (and it often happens with low-quality chains) – think about buying a normal bicycle chain, for example – Campagnolo Record, the chain is designed for 8500 kilometers of run.

Then, last, we install the nut. Screw it by hand up to the stop. Here already a chain on a stick cannot be used, as rotation will be on the other side and a hub won’t scroll. But I, nevertheless, recommend that you use your homemade tool.

The tightening torque for this nut should be pretty strong – 40 Newton per meter (4 kilograms applied to a 1-meter long lever). And if you just use a wrench to tighten this nut (without holding it in place with the chain), there’s a good chance you’ll turn the spokes out of the wheel.

After rebuilding the rear wheel I adjust the rear derailleur of the bike at the same time, a good thing it takes only 10-15 minutes of time with the proper skill. As you ride, the rear derailleur settings still “go away” and the shifting becomes fuzzy, so those 10 minutes can save you a lot of nerves.

Where Can I Buy Cassettes, Sprockets, And Parts For Half The Price?

Wiggle and CRC.

There are two great sites where I shop for bike parts 90% of the time. They are Wiggle, and Chain Reaction Cycles (CRC). Despite the fact that both of these sites are in the UK – they have a very well-established system of delivery to Russia. They work through EMS – and in Russia, EMS works extremely fast.

Prices and delivery

For delivery of parts from the UK, you will have to pay in Prices and Shipping. For delivery of parts from the UK, you will have to pay only 350 rubles, it is comparable with the prices of our online stores for sending by ordinary Russian Post to our domestic destinations. In terms of time – sometimes even faster, about 5-7 days, as they work through EMS.

For prices – they are almost always cheaper than the neighboring bike store and actually always cheaper than our online stores. In addition, there are honest discounts. On your first purchase there is also a discount (sometimes up to 20%) – just look at the home page.

Tools For Repairing A Bicycle Sprocket Cassette

  • Branded store whip to hold the cassette
  • Shimano bike cassette puller for rear bike sprockets
  • Shimano bicycle cassette puller

Generally speaking, you need 2 tools (or three) to remove the cassette. If you take the “firmU” from Shimano – then each of these two wrenches will cost you $25. The first – is actually a piece of chain put on a metal handle. Paying money solely for the brand and the “made-in-Japan.”

A cassette nut remover

You can buy a bicycle cassette wrench for removing a bicycle star cassette, either the original one for $25 or the Chinese one for $10.

Bicycle cassette removal wrench

The second is the same branded wrench with a handle, which is inserted into the cassette nut. Convenient in that you do not need additional tools to turn the key. The price of the question is also about 25 dollars.

With this rear cassette puller, you can easily unscrew the sprocket from the rear wheel of the bike. The rear cassette nut “wrench” – I use one of these. An SRAM-Shimano rear sprocket cassette puller for $175.

Inexpensive Chinese Sprocket Whip

Sometimes instead of the first tool with the chain, people advise to “put a rag over the sprockets” and turn the nut with a puller. I’ll be honest – I tried it. The rag turned to rags from sharp bicycle teeth.

On many e-commerce sites, you can buy this whip to remove and hold the sprocket cassette from the chain for 280 dollars with free shipping. However, you will have to wait a bit until it arrives.

On many e-commerce sites, you can buy a whip-like this to remove and hold the sprocket cassette from the chain for only 280 dollars with free shipping.

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of making your own whip – you can order this kind of whip for removing and holding the sprocket cassette on many e-commerce sites. For only $280 with free shipping. However, you will have to wait a bit until it arrives.

Parts To Repair Your Bike Sprocket Cassette

  • LockRing (retaining ring, nut) cassette
  • LockRing – Locknut (retaining ring) of bicycle rear wheel sprocket cassette
  • LockRing – Rear wheel sprocket cassette nut (circlip)

If you (inadvertently) managed to rip (break/lose – underline) the nut securing the sprocket cassette on the rear wheel (LockRing) – then here are a couple of links, where you can buy both the original nuts and analogues. On many e-commerce sites, you can play around with the filters (on the left if you’re reading the article on your computer) – and choose both the right speed (7-8-9-10-11) and any manufacturer (Shimano-SRAM-Campagnolo-etc).

Rear Wheel Sprocket Cassettes

Shimano XT Cassette

Bicycle Cassette

If you find that your cassette is in bad shape (teeth worn off, chain slipping) – you can look for new ones on the same eBay and AliExpress. Again – on eBay, you can play with the filters (on the left, if you’re reading the article on your computer) – and choose both the right speed (7-8-9-10-11) and any manufacturer (Shimano-SRAM-Campagnolo-etc).

Discount Cassettes and Cassette Parts at Chain Reaction Cycles

Free Shipping

The best part is that you can get free shipping if you buy parts for a certain amount – it’s usually listed on the website. I had a case where a package weighing 11.5 kilograms (it had a turbo trainer exercise bike in it) came from the UK absolutely free. If shipping had been paid – I would have had to pay about $70 for that shipping. I strongly suspect they worked to their disadvantage – but earned a very loyal customer.

Why Two Sites and not One Specific Site?

Simply because they almost always have discounts on certain product groups. Look both there and there. And if I, for example, was looking for the same bicycle turbo trainer – there were no discounts on Wiggle at the time, but there were on CRC. 130 euros instead of 280 – is there a difference?

Or, an anecdotal case in general. I bought Hayes professional line hydraulic disc brakes at a 60% discount. The front was on the Wiggle, the rear was on the CRC. It’s just the way they had discounts – well I took advantage of it.

Discount Cassettes and Cassette parts at Wiggle

Maybe they had the calculation that if a person buys a front one at half price and a back one at full price, there’s still a profit to be made. But the simultaneous search system on two sites worked great – two professional brakes for the price of (less than) one are on my bike.

Wrap Up

So, you have seen it is possible to remove a bike crank without a puller, and though it is a very difficult task it surely can help you remove your bike crank without doing any damage. As getting no damage is also a required criterion for you, therefore try to learn the process first and then get all the necessary tools and finally follow the instructions step-by-step strictly to get the best results.

The bike is a very important thing in our daily life. So, we should do the repairing with great care and responsibility. This is why we tried our best to give you the proper image of removing the bike crank without a puller.

Jonathan Tim
A bicycle geek since early childhood spent his twenties as a mechanic in bike shops. His passions include flatland BMX, unicycles, cycle touring, mountain biking, and road riding.
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