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New Bottom Bracket????

Biciclista2011-08-26 18:22:30 +0000 #1
After the unraveling tire scare, I went to the LBS to get a new set of tires. The guy gave my bike a look-over, determined I needed new brakes (kool stops work well but they do wear out more quickly than standard brake pads)

So i was happy to have him replace them. Next he started messing with my handlebars -- the head tube. As if that wasn't bad enough, he messed with my pedals and said I might need a new bottom bracket.

His boss (shop owner) came over and hemmed and hawed.. well, maybe it's just loose.. He started talking about Italian bottom brackets versus English... started talking about ISO 111 and ISO 115 and reverse this and cassettes and well...

All I want to know is, can I ride this bike?

Turns out, everyone thinks I can, for a month. A MONTH? 3 weeks? 5 weeks?

2 months?

I ordered the part amid much confusion. Reverse? English? Italian? Record? (hell no) Veloce? (yeah!)

So I rode it yesterday, wondering what it would do wrong, but never felt or heard anything.

KnottedYet2011-08-26 18:36:09 +0000 #2
I had to get a new headset for Flossie. They do wear down and start to make the bars feel spring loaded. Maybe that's what he was doing with your head tube and bars? Checking for a worn headset?

Flossie also needs a new bottom bracket (crank arms can be wiggled in directions they're really not supposed to go) but since I don't ride Flossie much, the shop said that would wait another year.

You, on the other hand, are a wildwoman on that bike! I'm not at all surprised you've started wearing out parts!
Biciclista2011-08-26 18:33:33 +0000 #3
it's actually been 4 years and close to 10,000 miles (which is less than what DH does in a year )

sniff. it's not a new bike anymore!
salsabike2011-08-26 18:52:55 +0000 #4
Chris says they're very honest about what work you do and don't need--he took his wheel in once and asked them to rebuild it and they said, you don't need it rebuilt--go ride.
KnottedYet2011-08-26 19:06:43 +0000 #5

Originally Posted by Biciclista

it's actually been 4 years and close to 10,000 miles (which is less than what DH does in a year )

sniff. it's not a new bike anymore!

Four years?!?! FOUR YEARS?!?!!!???

Has it really been that long?

Wow, where did the time go?

I still think of her as your "new" bike...
Melalvai2011-08-26 20:23:33 +0000 #6
I've had 2 bottom brackets go out on me. They clanked randomly. I think that was the bearings? They told me I was eating through the bottom brackets because a) I had the cheapest components on that bike and b) I pull a trailer with heavy stuff. Also winter weather, and just lots of miles. When I got my "new" bike (3 yrs now) they told me not to get the lowest end because I would need better components--such as the bottom bracket.

They're not expensive and if you replace them before they break inside the bike it's not hard to do. One of mine broke inside the bike and we spent hours chipping out the pieces without damaging the threads!



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