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crank removal(7 posts)

crank removalnalsdixit
Oct 12, 2003 5:49 AM
need to dismantle my bike for an upcoming trip. i find i need to dismantle the cranks from the bottom bracket to get it to fit in the box. what tools do i need to extract a shimano octalink crank ? any pointers on going about it will be appreciated


here you go go to the park linkabicirider
Oct 12, 2003 6:02 AM
Be safe out on the Roads
Ray Still
re: crank removalrussw19
Oct 12, 2003 8:25 AM
You most likely don't need to take the cranks off, just pull the pedals. Most cranks don't stick out much futher than your rear axle, so you shouldn't have to take them off if you are putting your bike in a standard bike box. Pull the pedals (narrow 15 mm wrench) and you should be OK.

ss coupling bikenalsdixit
Oct 12, 2003 7:06 PM
tks. is a ss coupling bike, that i need to fit into a 26x26x10 suitcase and having trouble getting it to fit. just taking out the pedals is not getting it in

ss coupling bikeRay Sachs
Oct 13, 2003 4:09 AM
Most larger S&S bikes do need the driveside crank removed to fit in the case. For square taper bottom brackets, you can buy self-extracting crank bolts that eliminate the need for a crank puller. I've only had one set of Shimano splined cranks (Dura Ace from a few years ago), but they were also self extracting. Are you sure yours aren't?

ss coupling bikenalsdixit
Oct 13, 2003 5:18 AM
tks ray,

i just set up the bike with shimano 105 octalink cranks. do not know whether the standard issue is self extracting or not. so my question is do i need some special tool to get the crank off, or will just the allen key do the job

ss coupling bikerussw19
Oct 13, 2003 10:35 AM
Gotcha! I didn't know if you had ever taken a bike apart to fit a standard bike box before. I was also going to suggest asking a local shop to pull a bike out of a box to show you how they are packed, but I guess you don't need that either...

Oh well, just trying to help.

That said, I am pretty impressed you can get a bike in a 26x26x10 suitcase. I have never seen an S and S bike in person. How do you like yours? Anything adverse about it on the road?