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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by dolface
    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.
    every scar has a story

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC_Emily
    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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    *edit*
    nvm, i'm out of my mind.
    physics hertz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolface
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by BlastRadius
    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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