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crankarms and BBs: is it really this easy?(3 posts)

crankarms and BBs: is it really this easy?JS Haiku Shop
Feb 20, 2003 6:23 AM
first time removing/installing bb:

so i bought a bb lockring wrench, and with my folding park hex wrench set, went to work on the surly steamroller (ss), which had a "clunk" when pedaling with force (not spinning).

note: not sure if it worked yet, it was the middle of the night and raining cats & dogs. no test ride 'til this afternoon.

seemed too easy. stronglight speedlight crankset and ritchey pro bb. self-extracting crankarm bolts...took the hex tool and removed the crankarms. used the bb lockring tool to pull the lockrings. used an old park wrench with the two pins on one end to span the bb holes and remove the bb sleeve from non-drive side and bb body from drive side. cleaned and greased threads, put it all back together. screwed in bb on drive side, left a lip outside bb, screwed in other side, same, put on lockrings, tightened well (no torque wrench), tightened chainring bolts, put back on crankset, removed and replaced chain. took about 15 minutes.

is it really this easy or am i missing something?
Congrats!Mike Prince
Feb 20, 2003 8:10 AM
Sounds like you did everything right. As long as the BB bearings are adjusted properly (no axle play, no binding in the bearings), you are right on target.

You probably want to check the tightness of everything after your next few rides. Stuff down here has a tendency to loosen up just a bit after a ride or two.


PS - if you have a chance email me at I am in Memphis/Olive Branch until July/Aug (Mon-Fri) and want to know good places to ride in the area. Thanks.
thanks...JS Haiku Shop
Feb 20, 2003 8:52 AM
it's a one-piece bb, so no bearings to adjust, i think.