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Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage Screw(9 posts)

Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage Screwjagiger
Jul 1, 2001 7:22 PM
I was trying to put another water bottle cage on my C'dale & the 1st screw came off fine although it was on their pretty good. On the second one, the head ended up stripping real quick. The screw has an allen wrench fitting & either the metal is soft or the previous owner made a half hearted attempt. Any thoughts? Thanks
Vice Grip or a strap wrench. Don't drill it. (nm)Elefantino
Jul 2, 2001 5:16 AM
Of course, that's "Vise Grip"Elefantino
Jul 2, 2001 5:16 AM
Vice Grip or a strap wrench. Don't drill it. (nm)jagiger
Jul 2, 2001 6:37 AM
Yes, but I'm paranoid about nicking the frame as the screw head is rounded & doesn't protrude much. The other way to go at is to cut a notch in the head & use a screw driver, although it's the bottom screw & the frame doesn't provide alot of room (plus the part about niching the frame/paint).
re: Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage ScrewMCCL
Jul 2, 2001 7:57 AM
As best you can tape the frame up with electrical tape. Try to put something like foil or strong thin plastic in the second layer of the tape. Then proceed with the ideal of the vise grip. There are small alligator vise grips that will allow you get into this area easier.
re: Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage Screwxyz
Jul 2, 2001 8:10 AM
If its a pan head allen bolt (rounded top) you'll never get a vise grip to hold. File a slot across it and remove with a screwdriver.
re: Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage Screwixiz
Jul 2, 2001 9:10 AM
If still stuck
Use a dremel tool to make 2 flats so your vise grip have two flats to better grip the head
Try to add a drop or two of light lubricant on the bottom of the head overnight to see if it gets to the threads.
re: Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage Screwjaybird
Jul 2, 2001 10:48 AM
I saw someone once use superglue to attach a cheap allen wrench to the bolt. This seemed to work pretty slick because it gave enough strength to loosen the bolt and then once it was removed the bolt easily broke from the allen wrench. worst case scenario: you throw away an allen wrench... I guess I would just be careful so that you dont have your nice Park y-tool as permanent fixture on your cannonwhale...
re: Stripped Head on Water Bottle Cage ScrewDINOSAUR
Jul 2, 2001 1:39 PM
If it was me, as I am real good about screwing stuff up, I'd call my LBS, make an appointment, and bring my bike in and have them do it.
They probably deal with stuff like this all the time and they have the tools to do it. It will probably take a couple of minutes and you will be on your way. While you're in the shop pick up some good quality water bottle screws so you won't have this problem again...