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Old 12-20-05, 02:46 PM   #1
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So following my recent complications with pedals, I'd like to know, once and for all, how tight should I tighten bolts and parts?

I generally tighten things as tight as possible or to the point that I feel should be fine, but thats not very reassuring. So far I've been told about 30 ft.# for crankarm bolts. What about the others? I'm gonna start getting anal about all this and buy a torque wrench. So how many ft#'s should I tighten things?

Seatpost, stem, crank, chainring, pedals, hubs?
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Old 12-20-05, 02:53 PM   #2
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torque 'er down til ya strip 'er and then back it off a turn or two!
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here ya go http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=54

you can download a pdf, or scroll down for html version
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here ya go http://parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=54

you can download a pdf, or scroll down for html version
dolface, you are a wealth of knowledge!!
either that or you just spend ALOT of time on the internet!!
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good call on the torque wrench, wang. my guess is you'll realize how much you were undertorquing most bolts.
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dolface, you are a wealth of knowledge!!
either that or you just spend ALOT of time on the internet!!
little bit of both, combined with a really good memory for weird little facts, which helps in remembering where to find stuff on the web
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nvm, i'm out of my mind.
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little bit of both, combined with a really good memory for weird little facts, which helps in remembering where to find stuff on the web
Well organized bookmarks?
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I usually just tighten stuff down pretty well...and then check it once in a while...

if it comes loose, then I know I need to tighten it down better the next time
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Well organized bookmarks?
i have that too, but they don't tell me about specific content, like whether sheldon's site or the parktool one had the torque info...
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dolface, just checked out that link, more than I'll ever need.

You're my new hero. I'm full of useless info, whereas you're full of useful links.
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I once read that when doing bicycle repair, most people over tighten small bolts and under tighten large bolts.
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wow...that parktool link at a quick glance is craaaazy...lots of info on various topics

that goes on my bookmarks along with sheldon brown
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For those w/o torque wrenches or lots of info, just remember that some stuff tightens while riding, so for those items there is no need to overtighten them.
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