Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Montpeculiar, VT
Bikes: Soma Rush, Fuji Cross, Raleigh Technium Mtn Bike, Ross 10 speed with Shimano 600.
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square spindle cranks how tight is too tight
I'm always nervous about over tightening my cranks, but I think I under-did it instead. yesterday my left crank arm started making a slight creak, and when i rode slowly, and applied pressure in both directions I coulf feel it move slightly. When I got home I tightened it up. It was way loose.
I rode it to work this morning, only a couple of blocks, and it was still creaking, so I walked home, got my allen wrench to tighten it down more.
Hopefully it's not wrecked, but I realize it probably is. the only thing I can think to do now is tighten the hell out of it, and hope it holds. My 8mm allen wrench is only 4" long, but when I put my weight to it (200lbs) I feel like I could push it too far, so the question is how far is too far, and how can I tell without a torque wrench?