maybe I don't pay enough attention to what I'm working on? maybe I'm too strong?
maybe I just wreck the cheap stuff, maybe it's the tools? Probably a little of everything.
example, I put on a new chainring. started tightening the first bolt, got allmost tight, and stripped it. same thing happened on the second bolt. no problems with new bolts from the hardware store.
replacing brake pads on my road bike, it's has those tiny little screws for the pad. 2mm hex/allen head. first one was allready rounded out. another one I rounded because it was real tight. ended up using a plyers to get them all out.
Originally Posted by HillRider
The several sources recommended for replacement bolts are all good info but maybe you should consider a more fundamental question. I hope this doesn't come across as condecending but why do you damage so many fasteners? Would better quality tools, replacing worn allan wrenches and developing better tightening technique reduce the damage?