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Old 08-16-06, 11:52 AM   #1
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Stronglight crank puller for sale or in the Bay Area?

(Apologies for cross posting to the Classics/Vintage list; I figure there might be some people who don't read both lists.)

I'm looking to either

a) buy your Stronglight crank puller (long shot, I know, but it doesn't hurt to ask and I'll pay good money) or

b) find a shop/mechanic in the Bay Area who has a Stronglight crank tool.

I've already had one crankset ruined b/c a mechanic used the standard Park crank tool.

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Old 08-16-06, 12:34 PM   #2
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Sheldon Brown and Harris to the rescue (scroll to the bottom).

What I'ld like to know is how do you know if you have a pre '82 w/o destroying it? I have a Stronglight 93 from a raleigh, want to put it on my Gitane TdF that came w/o a BB. If I can screw on the Park tool easily, does that mean it's the 22mm?

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Harris has no pullers for Stronglight or T.A. Specialties. Just click "add to cart" and you'll see. They've been out for a while now.

Get the right puller for that Stronglight 93!
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Rats! I just went out and tried it (not pulling the crank, just screwing the puller in, as a trial, like) out with my Park crank puller, the 23mm end screws in, but is really wobbly. I'm guessing this is how they get destroyed? Well it's on to Ebay I guess, or have my machinist brother make me one.
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Try calling The Yellow Jersey.
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Well, OK, but I don't know how happy Flandis will be right now about having to look in his toolbox for an obscure old French Crank Puller.

Wait, are you talking about the French cranks trying to pull his Yellow Jersey or that bike shop in Madison?

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Well, OK, but I don't know how happy Flandis will be right now about having to look in his toolbox for an obscure old French Crank Puller.

Wait, are you talking about the French cranks trying to pull his Yellow Jersey or that bike shop in Madison?
FUNNY!

The reason I say to call them is that they are the only ones that I've been able to find in the U.S, that has the 23mm pullers. If they have those, maybe they also have the 23.15mm for Stronglight. They're not on their site, you have to call.

I found one in Canada, but the postage was only $2 less than the tool.
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Call Jim direct

Eliminate the middleman

http://www.jastein.com/index.htm
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http://www.jastein.com/index.htm
It doesn't look like they sell retail. I don't see a Stronglight puller. I hope they didn't stop making them, but that would explain why nobody has them.
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Bought one...

Thanks for all the tips and advice. I ended up buying one from John at velostuf.com. Apparently he had a bunch at one time but sold nearly all of them and I just bought the second to last one.

Based on other advice I checked at both the Yellowjersey and Bicycle Specialities but neither shop had them in stock any longer.

Also, Soil_Sampler's suggestion to check http://www.jastein.com/index.htm might not have been far off base. They do stock a Crank Extractor System. From what I understand if you have a crank with ruined threads you can tap it out to a wider thread and use one of these self-extracting inserts from then on. Wish I'd known about this before the mechanic decided to just bust the whole thing off the bike.
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My T.A. Specialties puller arrived from The Yellow Jersey today (along with two sets of '74 PX10 decals). There doesn't seem to be any functional difference between it and my Stronglight puller. According to my cheap calipers, the threads are the same diameter.

I just wanted to clear up any confusion, but maybe I just added to it.
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My TA and Stronglight 93 pullers were functionally identical when I measured them last year before sending the TA puller off to the buyer of my 175mm triple TA crank set. I may have to make up a couple of these for sale if the ? keeps popping up. Both pullers would screw into either crank set (93 / TA )
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@geedubbayoo-how's the puller working for you?
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What I'ld like to know is how do you know if you have a pre '82 w/o destroying it?
If your mod. 99 arm looks like this:



then it's the old version that needs the 23.35mm puller.

If your mod. 99 arm looks like this:



then it's the new version, and a standard 22mm puller will work.

BTW, there's no risk of destroying an old-version arm by using a 22mm puller. The tool will just drop into the hole without even engaging any threads. The danger of destroying an old-version arm comes when you try to use a 23mm TA arm puller, such as was found on one end of the old Park CCP-1 tool. The 23mm tool is just large enough to kind of engage the threads, but not large enough to engage them securely, and often results in a stripped arm.

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Rats! I just went out and tried it (not pulling the crank, just screwing the puller in, as a trial, like) out with my Park crank puller, the 23mm end screws in, but is really wobbly. I'm guessing this is how they get destroyed.
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I hadd a Stronglight Mygal crank strip the threads out of the crank arm
with its own self extracting ring over the bolt.
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For anyone that may still be looking for other outlets that carry a Stronglight or TA crank puller, VO has the JA Stein models here:

JA Stein Crank Puller for classic Stronglight or TA Cranks
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I see the O.P. resolved his problem, but perhaps I should list mine on eBay. I'd like to believe that I will someday come upon a pre-74 Grand Jubilee with all original equipment, but that does not seem likely.
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I see the O.P. resolved his problem, but perhaps I should list mine on eBay. I'd like to believe that I will someday come upon a pre-74 Grand Jubilee with all original equipment, but that does not seem likely.
Your chances would almost certainly be more likely the day after you ship your puller. I think I'll hang onto mine.
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Your chances would almost certainly be more likely the day after you ship your puller. I think I'll hang onto mine.
Actually, the relatively small amount I would get is not worth giving up the hope or the memories. That's still my favorite bike, no modern production bike comes close to the beauty. I did make changes - Weinman concave rims, alloy Lyotard pedals, 38/48 chainrings (I think I was probably one of the earliest to do that combo in 1975) and Brooks Team Pro saddle.
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