I've just got into this forum! I am Benjamin, a French expat in Copenhagen and I can pratice my hobby, i.e. fixing old bikes I'm riding to my work everyday with a Peugeot from the 70s but this tread is about a Dutch bike I bought this week-end. It is in fair condition except for the bottom bracket...
Here is a genral picture of the bike (without back wheel)
I don't know at all the make and model of the bike but there is this small plate on the front:
SPR. V RIETSCH'S
I don't know if anyone could help me identifying the bike...? However it's not the main issue I have.
There is a substantial slack in the bottom bracket so it requires being removed and replaced...Here comes the tricky part for me as I don't have special tools with me.
Pictures of the bottom bracket:
I have three main questions about issues I have:
1) the cotter for one pedal axle it TOTALLY built-in (not in picture). I think I could remove it in warming it up but I consider sawing the main axle....It that really stupid? I have a spare pedal axle...
2) in order to remove this type of bottom bracket with bearing direcly screwed into the frame, I have found out that I need a "pin spanner", like the one from Park Tool (green version, SPA-1C):
Is that what I am looking for? Does someone know the type of bottom bracket is it on my bike from the picture ("made in england"...)? I can show more pictures once removed. I also have to check if the pin size of the tool (2.9 mm) matches my bottom bracket.
3) The final step will be to replace the bottom bracket with a new one or a used one in good condition....I will invesgtate this more deeply once I have removed it. Any hope with that? If you have any advice....
The main axle is about 111 mm, the bearing diameter around 30 mm and the "frame width" around 63 mm. I will come up with exact dimensions later.
Thanks a lot for your help in advance, I hope I will make this gorgeous bike alive again!