today i went out to ride by dads bike (mine is temporaroy out of comission) but i couldnt pedal. its as if the BB is frozen. It took an enormus amount of force just to get the cranks to move half way around. there is also a loud squeeking/almost grinding(like gears on a car aren't meshing nicely) while making the revolution. the last time the bike was ridden its was on trails but all mud was washed off it as soon as i returned home that day(it was also 50 out). what could be causing the cranks to not turn?
i konw that the cassette and everthing back there is fine. i took the whel of and turned the cogs by hadn and there was no resistance.bb
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
When you washed off the mud, I expect you forced some of it plus water into the bottom bracket shell. I further suspect that once there, they rusted the bearings into a solid mass. Better take the bb apart and plan on all new components.