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Bolton Labs Machining | EP 45

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Hey Everybody! Welcome back to another episode of the Bolton Ebikes Podcast. I am excited because I like to create and build things. And hopefully, most of you listening already know that, but you also know that most of our e-bikes and parts and components aren't actually made here. They're made overseas and in China and Taiwan and then all those parts and pieces are assembled either some of it or all of it there.

Today we're going to talk about something that's made in the US and that we're doing right here. I've got a guest here who I think this is gonna be really interesting ‘cause you're all gonna learn something behind the scenes of what goes on at Bolton eBikes, and maybe a little bit more. 

If you want to hear about a product that is made in the US and is going to be released in just a couple of days, listen in.

In this episode, you’ll get answers to questions and topics like: 

  • What we’ve created here in the USA at Bolton Ebikes and how this product is going to improve your ebike as far as maintenance, upgrades, and improvements.
  • Meet one of our super talented and driven team members at Bolton Ebikes that helped bring this product to you. 
  • How we used machining to create this and why we did it this way.
  • What a Freewheel Removal Tool can help you with and why this is different than anything else on the market. 
  • The steps we took to make sure that this was the best version and what happened during the process. 
  • If you’re a bike shop in need of this tool, we’ve got you covered! 
  • How you can get a freewheel removal tool and how being a member of Bolton Labs can get you early access. 
  • And so much more!

Thank you everybody for listening to the Bolton Ebikes Podcast. If by chance, this is the first episode you've listened to make sure to go to and sign up for the newsletter.

You'll get an email every Tuesday when we release a new episode and you'll also get some little tidbits of information on other things that are going on at Bolton Ebikes. If we have any new bikes or sales, we might mention a little bit in there on occasion, but primarily that is so you get notifications when new podcast episodes come out.

And of course, if you are looking for this tool that we have mentioned, go check out Search for a FreeWheel tool or check the category dropdown for tools and you'll find it right there. 

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  • This freewheel removal tool does NOT work with Himiway. I have a Himiway Cruiser Step-Thru and bought this tool because I figured the Himiway motor would be similar to the Bafang. Unfortunately, the nut is too big and the tool won’t pass over it. ID of the removal tool is 20.3 mm. Major diameter of the nut is 21.4 mm. There isn’t enough material on this tool for me to increase the ID (wall thickness is already < 1 mm at the splines). Oh well, back to square one. Hope this helps someone else!

    Tara B on
  • Hi Kyle,
    Congratulations on your inaugural ebike product manufactured in-house at Bolton! I recently bought a Himiway Cruiser (watched your review of it vs. Rad Rover). Although it doesn’t use the Bafang motor, due to the many similarities between these bikes, am wondering if this new freewheel tool is needed and/or would work on the Himiway as well? If so, I’ll be a customer for sure because I want to upgrade the freewheel to taller gears asap. Their tallest gear has only 28T vs 32 or 34T on the Rad Rover. (The one place where I think Rad Rover has advantage over Himiway.) ALSO, am hoping you’re considering a controller/display upgrade for the Himiway similar to the Rad Rover kit you offer. Himiway offers 25W stock controller which is much higher than Rad Rover as you know, but 35W is even better – no?

    John Hanlin on
  • Thank you for your guest today. I would like to hear more from her. Sorry I am not mentioning her name as my spelling would just make you laugh. Sounds like she does very interesting work


    Don Morey on
  • 4140 is heat treatable….are you heat treating the finished tool? If you are, do you have the ovens to heat treat in house?

    patrick g putman on
  • Thank You for the explanation of the freewheel. Did not realize you had the machine shop in your building. Have a Meaningful and Happy Thanksgivings!

    Bill Hawkins on

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