How to Fix A Broken Bottom Bracket

   September 2015


How to fix a broken bottom bracket

Wednesday September 9th 2015

  1. Bought new bottom bracket from local bike shop
  2. Ordered bracket removal tool from the UK, waited a month for it to arrive
  3. Realised I'd bought the right size BB but the wrong type
  4. Went to every single bike shop in Santiago, failed to find correct type
  5. Ordered one from the UK, waited a month for it to arrive
  6. Failed to undo the bottom bracket despite extreme effort
  7. Realised drive side thread is reversed, tried again, still failed
  8. Bought big spanner, still failed to undo bottom bracket
  9. Bought big mallet to hit big spanner with, still failed to undo bottom bracket
  10. Bought screw to secure tool to BB while I stood on spanner. Screw too long.
  11. Bought shorter screw, attached tool to BB, put spanner on tool, stood on spanner, waited several minutes, got bored
  12. Considered just buying new bike
  13. Sprayed WD40 all over bottom of bike, went on holiday
  14. Returned, stood on spanner again, finally loosened the old BB and replaced it

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