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    Day 3 of new bike... Left Crank falls off in street

    Yeah... this was a shocker...

    I get on my bike to start my commute home... and in the front of a MALL.. my left Crank arm falls off.

    Luckily I was sitting down... so aside from some wierd looks from people..nothing drastic happened.

    anyhow... gunna go in to fix it tomorrow...

    OK.. with that said... I am thinking about buying some Lighter Crank arms... I never realized these things would be so heavy. Any recommendations?

    Thanks .. BTW.. my bike is a 2006 Specialized Rockhopper.

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    pics first.... answers to questions later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoF3ar
    pics first.... answers to questions later.

    Pics of What? Anyone else confused here?

    You want a picture of my bike on my living room floor with the crank next to it? That is possibly the wierdest request I have ever heard.

    anyhow... Im taking it in tomorrow morning.. so ill figure out the crank question when I get there.

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    [QUOTE=Streetgrime]Pics of What? Anyone else confused here?

    You want a picture of my bike ....QUOTE]we need to see your new bike . you should just put the crank back on and tighten it up , and do it again after your first few rides .

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    [QUOTE=BoSoxYacht]
    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgrime
    Pics of What? Anyone else confused here?

    You want a picture of my bike ....QUOTE]we need to see your new bike . you should just put the crank back on and tighten it up , and do it again after your first few rides .

    Well the crank arm threads are all chewed up .. and the crank wont go back on.. not to mention I dont have the bolt that held it on anymore.. couldnt find it in the street.

    Just seemed kinda rude to give a NO PIC = NO RESPONSE answer to someone that just had bike problems.

    I'm too tired to take a picture of my bike just so you nutjobs can oogle at my new bike.


    so... nevermind I guess.. but for those of you who want to see a picture... here ya go!!!

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    The crank coming loose can actually damage the crank making it impossible to ever get tight again. When it loosens up it slops around, opening up the taper or splines. That means it won't fit anymore. A picture might let us see if this is the case. So how about a pic of the inside of the crank arm and the spindle of the bb, close up and focuses.

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    well that was an honest answer.... let me see what I can do... hold tight

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    Do the chickens have large talons?what is that from?I won't sleep 'til I know . Please remind me. Is it Napoleon Dynamite ?

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    here ya go
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
    Do the chickens have large talons?what is that from?I won't sleep 'til I know . Please remind me. Is it Napoleon Dynamite ?
    yes, when he's working for that old man who drinks eggs.

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    ouch. thats pretty bad

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    and yeah... its Napolean Dynamite

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    [QUOTE=Streetgrime]
    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht




    Just seemed kinda rude to give a NO PIC = NO RESPONSE answer to someone that just had bike problems.

    I'm too tired to take a picture of my bike just so you nutjobs can oogle at my new bike.


    so... nevermind I guess.. but for those of you who want to see a picture... here ya go!!!
    That's just Nof3ar , no big deal . Sorry to hear about your bad luck . How much do you want to spend on a new set of cranks ? nice picture though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgrime
    here ya go
    Wow that's ugly! I'd have thought you would need power tools to do that kind of damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgrime
    here ya go
    That looks pretty chewed up. It's always worth a try, but my guess is that's done. Bring it back to the shop before you do anything else with it. Some shops (or even just shop guys, this time of year it might be "the new guy" who put your bike together) forget to check crank bolts when they're building the bikes. It happens. I did it when I was new at a shop and the same thing happened. My boss wasn't happy because he had to shell out a new crank arm.

    Cranks bolts don't just come loose under normal or even hard riding if they're properly torqued. Bring it back to the shop, keep a cool head, and ask the manager what he's going to do to keep a statisfied customer (maybe not in so many words, but you get the idea).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd
    Wow that's ugly! I'd have thought you would need power tools to do that kind of damage.

    Yeah.. well I am not really a little guy.. I am 6' 1" about 240 .... and these cranks seem to be made out of pot metal (dunno if thats how ya spell it) ... anyhow.. yeah.. its in bad shape

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    Do the crank bolt threads inside the BB look stripped?
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    Well I bought it at GOride in Redwood city (san francisco area) ... this is the second bike I have bought from them.

    As for riding.. I havent even taken this thing on dirt yet.. its just been city riding.. so yeah..nothing crazy in terms of stressing the bike.


    But as far as GoRide in Redwood City...
    So far they have been very good to me... so I am not too worried. But yeah .. I will let everyone know how it went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkrownd
    Do the crank bolt threads inside the BB look stripped?
    NO.. they dont. Which would imply that perhaps it was not tightened enough. Right?

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    yup. Or maybe they didn't put the bolt on at all, or took it off later and forgot to put it back on?
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    [QUOTE=Streetgrime]
    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht


    Well the crank arm threads are all chewed up .. and the crank wont go back on.. not to mention I dont have the bolt that held it on anymore.. couldnt find it in the street.

    Just seemed kinda rude to give a NO PIC = NO RESPONSE answer to someone that just had bike problems.

    I'm too tired to take a picture of my bike just so you nutjobs can oogle at my new bike.


    so... nevermind I guess.. but for those of you who want to see a picture... here ya go!!!

    Mod edit: No name calling.
    Sorry, I was just fooling. I just say that to everyone, I'm too inexperienced to give you a thorough answer besides "put the crank arm back on".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Streetgrime
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    Sorry , I'm still riding in the Dark Ages with my 1997 XT tapered bottom bracket . In your case I'd go to the shop and try being nice about it first . They should fix it for free or be real cheap with the repair bill . It is a very new bike , right ?

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    I'm saving my pennies for a new BB+cranks . I'm now heavily in debt , so cost is a consideration . Most of my riding is very technical XC with lots of climbing and rocky downhills . I'm light on my bikes , but ride lots of miles . Sorry to hijack the thread , but it is along the same topic .

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoSoxYacht
    I'm saving my pennies for a new BB+cranks . I'm now heavily in debt , so cost is a consideration . Most of my riding is very technical XC with lots of climbing and rocky downhills . I'm light on my bikes , but ride lots of miles . Sorry to hijack the thread , but it is along the same topic .
    RaceFace w/external BB...Evolve XC or DH - should be able to find them online for ~$150. PricePoint has them for around that price and good prices on the Deus and Atlas cranks also.

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    That would definatley be replaced/fixed under warrenty.

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