Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Scary reminder to check chainring bolts!
Midway through a 47-48 mile ride yesterday I started hearing a regular chain noise and thought I might have suddenly developed a stiff link. This didn't seem logical in the middle of a ride especially since it recurred at the same spot in the crank rotation rather than in time with the chain. Loose chainring bolt did cross my mind, but I didn't see how they couldn't have come loose so I kind of dismissed the idea. After quite a few miles I decided I really needed to figure this out so I looked down at my crank and, sure enough, at least one of the bolts seemed to stick out farther than the others. I pulled over to check and THREE of the bolts were so loose they might have fallen completely out in a few more miles. Another was somewhat loose, and one was still tight. Yikes! I tightened them all up and continued home. It was a little scary to see just how loose those bolts had gotten without my having realized it. So check those fasteners often just like all the books say!
If it ain't broke, mess with it anyway!