Check A Bike Freewheel


A freewheel is a ratchet mechanism mounted on the rear hub which allows the chain to drive the wheel forwards via a cog but when the wheels move faster than the chain the cog is not driven round by the wheel. A freewheel allows a rider to rest their legs while the bike is moving forward.

Step 1

Engage the bike freewheel - Check A Bike Freewheel

Engage the bike freewheel

Lift the rear wheel of the ground and kick the pedals to start it turning.

Step 2

Watch - Check A Bike Freewheel


The rear wheel should spin while the cranks stop turning. If the rear wheel pushes the cranks around there may be a problem with the bike freewheel.

Step 3

Listen - Check A Bike Freewheel


The bike freewheel should make a regular metallic clicking sound when the wheel runs and the pedals are still. Changes in the sound of a bike freewheel may be a sign that it’s wearing out.