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Location: Deep In The Heart
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STUCK - Burley Tandem Bottom Bracket
Last week we picked up a nagging noise in the drive train. We were out of town on spring break and, though the bike shop couldn't fix it, they did isolate the noise as coming from the stoker's bottom bracket.
Burley used a proprietary bottom bracket setup with two sealed bearing held in place with snap rings. Tandems East had the bearing and snap rings to replace. The rings came out with no problem. But the bearings and spindle won't move.
I've been soaking it with PB Blaster (that's the liquid you see in the picture) and using a dead blow hammer and pvc pipe to hit the bearing rather than the end of the spindle.
I'm actually considering building a puller that would tap into the spindle and press against the frame but that seems like overkill.
Am I missing something here? Any ideas on what to do next?