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BB Stuck - suggestions?(6 posts)

BB Stuck - suggestions?mcbaker55
Sep 23, 2002 6:02 PM
The bottom bracket in my year-old Redline Conquest is seriously stuck - I can't move it at all (drive side uses normal threads, right?). Part of the problem is that my BB removal tool just wants to fly out, so I have to hold it in there, greatly reducing my available leverage. Help - the creak is making me nuts. Thanks.

normal threads?C-40
Sep 23, 2002 6:11 PM
Don't know what you consider normal, but with an english BB, the drive side threads ae left handed, so you have to turn the tool clockwise to loosen, just the opposite of normal for most folks.

Italian BB have right hand threads on both sides.
Turn it the right direction!!!!Ligon
Sep 23, 2002 6:11 PM
Asuming that your BB shell has standard English threading, the Driveside(right side) has left hand threads which means you need to turn counterclockwise to tighten and clockwise to loosen!!! The non-driveside or left hand side has right-hand threads which are tightned clockwise and lossened counterclockwise.

Hope this helps,

Shimano bottom bracket tool.Spoke Wrench
Sep 24, 2002 5:13 AM
A genuine Shimano bottom bracket tool works much better for removing a stubborn bottom bracket than the Park equivlant. The Shimano sets closer to the bottom bracket so it tends to "tip" less which is what causes it to disengage.

It's a little medieval, but when all else fails, I have removed a couple of intransigent bottom brackets by using a variation of the technique that we used to use for removing spin-on freewheels. I chucked my bottom bracket tool vertically into my bench vise and had a helper assist me in threading the bike frame onto it. If you do this, be sure you are turning everything in the correct direction (clockwise to remove the right side of the cartridge, so the frame has to go counter-clockwise).
Redline is english threadedlonefrontranger
Sep 24, 2002 11:41 AM
Try turning it the "wrong" way. I had a Redline and have related my embarrassing tale of BB woes here already. Spoke Wrench mentioned getting out the bench vise and going medieval on the thing, don't think you could get much more medieval than a 6' torque extender and a lot of four letter words...
re: BB Stuck - suggestions?aptr
Sep 25, 2002 11:56 AM
"Liquid Wrench" will unstick any stuck bolt. However, only use it if you are planning on totaly regreasing the whole thing, or going with a new bottom bracket. It will unstick anything, including grease, so make sure you regrease anything the liquid wrench comes in cantact with. You can get a can of it at any hardware store that will last you forever, for like $2.99.