Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Petaluma, CA
Bikes: 197? Takara fixie conversion, 1997 Diamondback Zetec 4.1 SS conversion and stripped paint
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time to upgrade the old cup and cone bottom bracket?
i can't believe this friggin weather in new england - i just took my newly christened ss mtb (been workin on it all weekend) out for it's maiden voyage on monday (it was in the 50's!), and now it's snowin...
so the nasty weather over the past day or so has not been treating the bb on my fixie well...i've already torn it down twice since i built up the bike a couple months ago, after hearing a quite distinctive knocking sound, and it seems like i may need to do it again pretty soon.
so i'm wondering - should i upgrade to a sealed bb? what are other's thoughts? (my main reservation is that i'm pretty sure it's the original bb, and the bike is at least 30 years old, so i feel like it deserves to stay in there if it's lasted this long...) i was also browsing through sheldon brown's page the other day (as i do from time to time), and happen to catch his article on cup and cone bb's. he said that it's better to use loose balls than cages. is that true? i have cages in there right now, and they have certainly helped the tearing down/building back up process, but if they're doing more harm than good, i guess i could chuck 'em.
thanks and happy riding!