Old 11-02-20, 07:22 AM
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Alright! The final part of the strip down done for now; the bottom bracket.

And not sure who did this, but pretty sure they didn't use any grease...
In the end it required me hitting the big wrench repeatedly with a hammer, penetrating oil for a couple of days and me actually standing on the wrench (!) with my full weight to get it moving even a little bit. Which was a nice workout for lunch.

Turns out the body itself was rusted and flaking from all the rust though the sealed bearings were still okay. My guess is most of the water came in through the bottom bottle cage holes since there weren't any screws in there when I got it. And we all know how much spray that part gets when riding in the rain.

I think it means I will have to get myself a bottom bracket thread tap at some point though.

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