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Old 04-14-17, 06:05 PM
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Raleigh Record crankset

I have an 81 (I think) Record mixte, made in Japan. Does it have sealed bearings in the crankset or are they greaseable?
Thanks for any insight.
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Given the production year, odds are that it's a classic cup/cone type BB.

You can look. It should have a cup with lockring on the left side, and some kind of single piece fixed cup with wrench flats, or 3 notches on the right.
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On both the right and left, there are screw off covers, under which are nuts. I'm thinking after removing the nuts, a puller would screw into the threads the little covers were screwed into, to remove the pedal arms?
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Most likely cup & cone serviceable BB.


EAsy to upgrade to sealed with the proper tools.

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FBinNY, thank you. I misunderstood "lock ring" and took it to mean circlip. You are right, it is as you described.

DedHed, thanks so much for the videos. When I got this bike a couple of weeks ago, it hadn't been ridden in years and the grease is dried up. I cleaned and greased the headset and wheels, but not the crankset ... yet. I'll do that next.

Very thankful for the help on this site :-)
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Adjusting the bearing play can be tricky and it often takes a couple of tries to get it "just right" because when you tighten the lock ring it affects the adjustment. I'd also replace the bearing balls when I'm in there, most bike shops sell them for like a dime each. Most take 20-22 1/4" bearings.

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Thanks dedhed, I haven't taken a BB apart since I was in my teens, which was over fifty years ago! Apparently, my Raleigh is like the ones from back then. Since then, I spent twenty years as a mechanic, mostly on European cars, so I'm not skeered :-)
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Since then, I spent twenty years as a mechanic, mostly on European cars, so I'm not skeered :-)
Well then you'll be used to it if they charge you 3X as much as the parts are worth.
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I'm seventy. Everything seems expensive to me! A nickle coke is a distant memory :-)
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On a 1981 Raleigh, pull the non-drive (RH threaded) side first. You might find that the cup on the drive side is nearly impossible top remove, and you can work with it still mounted, if needed. Raleighs of this vintage are notorious for this.
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Thanks, Alex, I'll do it in that order.
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6 oz cokes in machines were six cents!

If you can get it out the replacement (Shimano UN55 bottom bracket and the Birzman tool needed sells on Jenson USA $31.93 with the shipping. It got here in five days and took only a few minutes for an easy upgrade on my 82 Nishiki. Do that and never mess with it again. My 82 Trek 614 and 82 Raleigh get the treatment next.
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