Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Syracuse, NY
Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Would have more bikes if I had time to ride them all. Previous bikes: 1968 Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fav), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.
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ON a BB that is in good shape (no pits, uneven wear on surfaces) the proper adjustment is no play. The source that told you to back off the adjustable cup is dead wrong. When you tighten a BB lockring it pushes in against the BB shell and pulls out on the cup. All threads have some play in them, so the result is to make the adjustment looser, not tighter. Refer to parktool.com or sheldonbrown.com for proper adjustment. If a source does not refer to "preload" on a bearing you may not be getting full info.
There's no such thing as a routine repair.
Don't tell me what "should" be - either it is, it isn't, or do something about it.
If you think I'm being blunt take it as a compliment - if I thought you were too weak to handle the truth or a strong opinion I would not bother.
Please take the time to post clearly so we can answer quickly. All lowercase and multiple typos makes for a hard read. Thanks!
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