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Spindle failure

and life's little frustrations

Last night on my commute that which rolls had it's first major structural failure. Halfway home from work a the bottom-bracket started emitting a strange grinding noise. Then the left pedal started going floppy. I stopped thinking I'd thrown a pedal bearing or perhaps the crank was loose. So I tightened both the pedals and cotter pins as best I could and rolled on.

After about 50 meters, the left crank fell onto the street! Thank G-d I wasn't going very fast or standing on the pedals ... the good news is I have a spare from the Raleigh I bought earlier this summer. So today, I'll dip into Glenn's Complete Bicycle Manual and get my hands dirty %)

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Anonymous geoffrey said...

Wow. I thought I had the only copy left extent.
See and as well. These will save you alot of grief. You might also want to make certain the replacement spindle is indeed the same size as the orginal.


28/3/07 20:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I busted a spindle once, scared the crap outa me! Be sure to click on the picture to see the scary sharpness of the broken piece!

28/3/07 21:05  
Blogger cyclingdave said...

whoa. good thing it did'nt cause a crash.

28/3/07 23:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yow, you are lucky you weren't standing on it or peddling hard.

You know, I don't know if any of that stuff comes apart. I was a bit amazed at how hard it was to pull the Hercules pieces apart but once I got the caps and everything off of the left side of the hanger set the spindle seemed to come out without any trouble.

28/3/07 23:51  

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