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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Yes, just pop out the cups. I would not worry terribly about reinstall - not exactly a precision part. You can just take a dead blow hammer or hammer and block of woosd and gradually tap it in without causing problems. In 20 years of working on bikes (plus quite a few more when I was young) I never used a press on an Ashtabula. In the normal situation with the cranks off I put a block of wood accross the cup and then just hit the wood with a dead blow hammer.
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!