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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 05-21-11, 10:50 PM   #1
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Any recommendations for a bottom bracket?

I've been using cheap bottom brackets from my bike shop for all my conversions lately.

But I'm looking for something stronger and sturdier to stand up to fixed gear riding.

I don't mean tricking or jumping off of huge walls, but just for skip stopping and occasional skidding.

The cheaper bb's I use often start making noises after a couple of weeks of riding.

Any good bb's I should start using?

And yeah, I know Phil woods are amazing, but I don't think I'm too ready to drop 150 for a bb+cups yet.
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Old 05-21-11, 10:55 PM   #2
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How cheap are we talking? I have a cheap Shimano UN-54 (~$20) that has been beat for a couple of winters and is still going strong.
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I spent like 15 or so.

One was a TH Industries. The other was either a shimano or sugino, can't remember.
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Unless you want to spend the money on a Phil Wood, or have some crazy threading, use a Shimano UN 54. If you're destroying those in a few weeks, you're doing something wrong.
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I'm not destroying them, it's just that they start making weird noises after a while.
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It is likely you're installing them incorrectly if that's the case after a few weeks
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What type of BB are you using? Sq. taper, GXP octalink etc?
I think the new SRAM/Truvativ Team GXPs are nice ($20) They have been recently redesigned with better bearings and seals. I also have my eye on those new Chris King GXP BBs. They come with a grease port to flush out the old lube and add new every so often to extend the life. I think they run about $125 however- not much cheaper than the Woods.
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Also, fixed gear riding isn't that hard on a drivetrain....
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Also, fixed gear riding isn't that hard on a drivetrain....
Exactly. There is nothing special about FG riding that requires a "stronger" BB. What have you been using and what's been going wrong?
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I recommend Chris King
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I'm not destroying them, it's just that they start making weird noises after a while.
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One was a TH Industries. The other was either a shimano or sugino, can't remember.
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