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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-08-07, 12:22 PM   #1
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Grinding metal corn

My bottom bracket took a sht... again.

I've had it rebuilt twice now. Booo...

So I think it's time for a new one. Yaay...

I commute about 80 miles a week and occasionally do a couple of laps around the park.

So something I can really beat the crap out of. Something that will last a couple of seasons.

I hear square is better than Octalink for a fixed. But I guess it depends on my crank set for what I need...

Anyway, thanks for the advice.
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Old 05-08-07, 01:17 PM   #2
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phil wood. for sure.
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Old 05-08-07, 01:30 PM   #3
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what do you have now?
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ditto on the phil wood. i ride about 200 miles a week on a 10+ year old one I got second hand and it still feels great. they're expensive, yes, but worth it.
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Old 05-08-07, 01:44 PM   #5
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ditto on the phil wood. i ride about 200 miles a week on a 10+ year old one I got second hand and it still feels great. they're expensive, yes, but worth it.
thanks for helping to make me feel better about the purchase i just made!

I know they are well regarded, but I thought I was gonna get out way cheaper. At least I'll be able to take the phil with me from bike to bike.
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I know a lot of folks here love their old skool loose bearing hardware, but the Shimano UN5x/7x series is cheap enough to be replaceable when they go bad. Square taper and internally threaded for crank bolts rather than crank nuts.
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Old 05-08-07, 03:28 PM   #7
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100 bones for a Phil ... yikes.

Well, you get what you pay for...

Thanks guys.
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Shimano UN52/53/72/73/whatever square taper bb they make now. Around $30.
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the op is asking for a bb that will last more than a season or two. those cheap shimano ones dont, i killed one in a single winter.
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the op is asking for a bb that will last more than a season or two. those cheap shimano ones dont, i killed one in a single winter.
Huh, I've got a UN72 that's been flawless for a few winters now..
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guess i got unlucky, but one winter of daily commuting through a lot of rain did it in.
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In San Fran? I wouldn't have figured weather was that hard on bikes in places that don't have "winter" in the way that northern states do. No salt on the roads, etc.

Guess I was wrong.
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water and dirt, woohoo!
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water and dirt, woohoo!
and don't forget the human waste and used needles. woohoo!
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Fair enough
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The shimano ones aren't bad. I bet the phil's are great, but if you're not looking to get into 3 digit territory, I'd reccomend the shimanos.
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i have used both shimano and phil extensively. would go with the shimano for the lower cost and ease of finding tools to pull it. A bb you don't have to think about for two years is a bb that's gonna suck to remove.
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