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Old 07-10-09, 03:44 PM   #1
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Is there a tool for this?

The fixed cup holds the chainguard in place. Since the fixed cup is recessed, I cannot get my Park bottom bracket remover to work. Is there something like a 3-prong freewheel socket for this type of job? If there is, where do I buy one? I don't want to bend the BB wrench if I don't have to.


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Old 07-10-09, 04:01 PM   #2
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Nice bike! Someday I'm going to find a Gloria....

Have you considered the 'big bolt' method? If the cup is hardened or not completely stuck in place you should be able to get it out this way without leaving a mark.

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Old 07-10-09, 04:05 PM   #3
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You see those a lot on 1950s and 1960s Italian bicycles. I haven't seen the tool myself. Have you tried Sheldon's bottom bracket fixed cup remover? http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html
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Thanks for the tip. I'll give it a try.
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I had this exact problem with a much less beautiful bike.

I wish I had known about Sheldon Brown's method before I used a hammer and screwdriver.

The funny part is that there MUST have been some kind of tool back in the day for this type of chain guard. Very weird.
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I have broken two bolts trying to remove some very stubborn fixed cups until I got this.....
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Can you slide the wrench through the slot on the bottom where the chain goes? You wouldn't have much motion but maybe enough to get it loosened.
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I have broken two bolts trying to remove some very stubborn fixed cups until I got this.....
Where did you get it? Do they have 2?
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absolutely beautiful!
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Using the Sheldon Brown method with one 3-foot cheater pipe and one busted socket extender and I claim: Victory!!! I'd say there is a better than average chance it is the first time that fixed cup has been removed in 70 years.

gr23932, I still want one of those things you have.


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gr23932, I still want one of those things you have.
I got my friend in Belgium to hook me up with it. I took a bike to the LBS he works at one day and saw how simple it was using that very tool to remove the fixed cup, so I asked if I could some how buy one. The next time I went to the bike shop i received that tool (without handles) as a gift. Pretty cool!! I got the handles welded here in MD, though they didn't do a "clean" job IMO.
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