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Join Date: Mar 2000
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Block? What's that? Do you mean the bottom bracket? Where the cranks attach?
If so, they're not horribly expensive, and relatively easy to swap out. Problem being you need a couple specific specialty tools. You'll need a crank puller and a bottom bracket puller. Each are about $15 mail order and you should consider buying them if you continue as a cyclist. BB's wear out regularly and you'll be changing many out through the years. Plus, a decent BB is about $25 mail order, so for the cost of having your LBS do it, you can get the part and the tools and the experience. However, if you a mechanically declined, leave it to the LBS as you can screw it up!
Plus, you've got to find out which size you currently have. This usually requires an e-mail to the Manuf. or some internet searching. Of course if you have a bb remover tool, you can take yours out and read it where it's stamped onto the housing. That's assuming you already have the tool and are not buying it along with the replacement BB.
If you decide to indulge yourself in this endeavor, send me a PM, and I'll talk you through it!
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
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