Every now and then you come across something that makes you do a double take. Sort of, "did I really read that? What were they thinking when they wrote that?" Well, I found one of those instances on one of my yardsale specials that I thought you all might enjoy.
I recently picked up a Magna 24", dual suspension MTB for parts. The cranks were damaged so I removed them and was ready to toss them when I saw a warning label on the crank (pictured below). The picture may not be that clear so I'll repeat it here; "CAUTION: Be sure crank arm is secured tightly before riding. Use 14mm socket wrench."
Are they nuts?
This bike is targeted for kids. How many kids do you know that are handy with a 14mm socket wrench or know how to tighten a bicycle crank? How many of them know how to check a crank to see if they're "tight". (Do you check your cranks to see if they're tight?)
Additionally, how many kids can apply the 35 ft lbs of torque needed to tighten a bicycle crank? I'm totally dumbfounded. The folks at Wally World and the other X-mart stores never cease to amaze me, but this one has me totally puzzled.
So I ask again "What were they thinking?" (By the way, the reason the cranks were shot on this bike, they were loose that resulted in the square taper elongating to the point where they would not fit tight. I guess the kid who owned it didn't read the warning label!)
Hope you got a kick out of this. Comments welcome.