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BB toasted in one season??(4 posts)

BB toasted in one season??JBergland
Sep 11, 2003 9:18 AM
I built up a fixie with spare parts last winter and had a BLAST... along with getting some GREAT training. If I had to guess, the total miles I rode fixed were less than 500. I rode on streets that had a fair amount of salt/slush/snow/etc. I've discovered that the BB is basically dead. It's a cartridge type BB and is squeaking/grinding so bad I won't ride it until I get it replaced. I've never had a cartridge BB go bad so fast?? Possible I had the chain toooo tight?? Other ideas??


re: BB toasted in one season??PaulNYC
Sep 11, 2003 10:12 AM
perhaps road grime got in.
Could be chain is too tight..Dave Hickey
Sep 11, 2003 1:11 PM
I've never worn out a cartridge BB that soon. How tight do you keep your chain? I like to keep about 1/2 slack on mine.
Could be chain is too tight..JBergland
Sep 12, 2003 8:48 AM
I like it tight... prob. overly tight. Road grime might have gotten in there, but I thought cartridges were harder to get stuff into than that?? If my chain WAS too tight, my chain should be 'shot' too shouldn't it?? Any other thoughts??