french-style spindle, swiss bottom bracket :(
I am attempting to build up a fixed gear out of a peugeot frame, which frame has a swiss bottom bracket. The spindle it came with was quite a bit too long for my fixed gear chainline purposes, even with drive side reversed. Obviously a shorter spindle is in order! However spindles being somewhat difficult to find in bike shops, and used bike part stores (i.e. city bikes) being quite picked over when it came to the shorter spindle lengths appropriate for fixed gear, I turned to eBay... there I found a campy 109 mm spindle which the seller recommended for English or French bottom brackets, specifically mentioning that it was "for use with thin wall cups" such as are often found in french BB's. It wasn't too expensive so I decided to risk it. While it fit into my swiss BB fine, when I installed the cranks I could not fully tighten them without the crank rubbing into the side of the BB cups. AAARGH! So I am guessing my swiss BB cups are a bit thicker than that spindle is meant for, and so i lose some length which my cranks need to fully install?? Does that sound right? Will a spindle from an English bottom bracket work? Or do I need to find a spindle from a swiss bottom bracket? Any help is appreciated!!
Last edited by noahjz; 05-29-07 at 05:10 PM.