I recently sent an email to Phil Wood regarding my problem. I wanted to share it here, hoping to see if someone might have a simple solution I'm overlooking. Please help ....
To whomever it may concern:
I purchased one of your bottom brackets (BRT10) three years ago, and I've been
quite satisfied with its performance as far as the bearings go. However, I've
had this nagging problem ever since I purchased it: the cups loosen within 300
miles after every service (once I've gotten as long as 700 miles, but they loosen
My method initially was to install using your thread sealant, but that
installation started creaking within 100 miles. I then started using waterproof
grease, as per the LBS. I always use a torque wrench to 26 ft-lbs. This
extended the creaking to 200-300 miles, but I'd still end up with a very annoying
sound coming from the BB area.
At first, I dealt with it, and since I wasn't too lazy about cleaning my bike, it
wasn't too big of a deal. Now, however, with other things in my life wanting my
attention, I wish that the bike (particularly the BB) didn't need so much
attention. This has become a ride-stopping problem these days.
I have the aluminum cups, installed on an aluminum shell, in a Look KG286. The
threads are cleaned out with solvent every time, and regreased thoroughly.
Please let me know what my options are, if there's a fix, or if I need to get new