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steel515 said:
I was thinking of getting a bench vise to work on hubs. Can I use without bolting it down? I only have a office desk.
As with ericm979, I am baffled as to why you need a bench vise to work on hubs. It can be handy (though completely not necessary) to hold a cassette lock ring tool, but beyond that . . .
 

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I guess you're referring to one of traditional methods of removing a freewheel, i.e: securing the removal tool in a bench vise and twisting the rim counterclockwise. Of course, it's useless if the bench vise isn't mounted to a workbench (I guess that's why it's called a "bench" vise).

My two previous experiences trying to muscle off a stuck freewheel with the bench vise were pretty useless, too. A search of the internet uncovered a much better method: you prop the wheel against a wall, cinch a large adjustable wrench on the freewheel removal tool, and step down on the wrench handle. Simple but effective. So far, it's worked every time.
 

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Perhaps the OP is thinking about putting this axle vise insert into a vise. If you regularly work on hubs, a vise with this front/rear axle insert is exactly what you need. It's spring-loaded, so when you open the vise jaws, the insert opens right along with them. A cheap 3-inch jaw width clamp-on vise will do fine—you don't need a lot of clamping force or bench vise-like stability just to keep an axle from turning and hold up a bicycle wheel. I like my axle insert—best $10 I spent in a long time.
 

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I've been doing hubs for nigh on 20 years and just recently learned about these axle vises. Needless to say, I haven't missed em in all them years.

Bench vices ARE good for removing stubborn freewheels tho. 4 hands are better'n 2...

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The only thing I use a bench vise for in bicycle repair is to hold the saw guide for cutting a threadless steerer.

Never had a freewheel/cassette removal problem. I just use an 18" 1/2 drive flex handle and the right size socket. Torque like you would not believe!
 

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If yer gonna try and take off freewheels, bolting it down is better'n screwing it down. If yer using it to hold axles, etc. screws should be fine.

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steel515 said:
Can I use unwanted wooden desk in garage instead of a workbench?
My workbench is just that: an old wooden desk with a 4x8 sheet of plywood screwed on to the top. Works great and cost very little. Plywood optional, I just used it to increase the workspace.

A bench vise is useful for many things. For doing hub/pedal adjustments, I use a park tool insert similar to this one:



This is the AV-4, I think that mine is the AV-3. Got it in the clearance bin at LBS a few years ago.
 
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