Neglect & Important Blog Info.

Posted By: Chuck Cowan

If you live in the Upper Midwest and ride your bike in the winter then it is very, very important to pay attention to any little thing that might seem wrong on your sturdy steed.

Case in point.
A gentlemen came in the other day with a loose Bottom Bracket, and when I say loose I mean “Who that shit is loose!” loose. The ends of the Spindle had almost 3/4 inch of play! More than likely the bearings are all but dust at this point.

So, I checked him in and sent the young man on his way.

The bike started off simple enough, kinda. The lock ring and adjustable cup were on the drive side of this bike and holding the E-type front Der in place. I noticed that the der was loose and the lock ring looked crooked, fishy. Once I got those 2 items removed I noticed that there was an over abundance of rust between the cup and the frame, and that the cup was extremely crooked in the frame. No wonder the bearings blew out, at some point this was removed and crossed threaded back into the frame.
*Important – If you are trying to thread things together and you have to use force, STOP something is wrong. *

O.K. next step, get the cup out. Easier said than done. The tool interface surface blew up after a few good heaves on it. So, on goes the “rusty BB cup extraction tool” and into the vise with all of it, sans wheels of course. Add a little heat and some muscle and go for it.

Eventually it came out after about 15 to 20 minutes. After cleaning everything out it was evident that the threads needed to be chased out if a new BB was going to go back in.

Threads are chased, new BB goes in after that and everything gets put back together and one more bike is back in working condition.

So, what should have been about a $50 job ended up being about $75 when said and done.

The moral?

Folks, if you think there is something wrong with your bike, no matter how minuscule you think it is, just bring it to your favorite mechanic and have them take a look. It really could save you money in the long run.

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2 Comments on “Neglect & Important Blog Info.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    $75 for all that work is a heckava deal! Another reason why the folks at Behind Bars are top shelf. Reminds me of the old Park Tool "Never use force" advertisement with the gorilla holding a wrench.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There are only two tools you need. WD40 and duct tape. If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40.