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Old 01-07-10, 09:38 AM
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cartridge bb...feeling guilty

I reently restored a late 80's japanese bianchi with a full 105 6 speed group. replaced saddle bars and pedals with my modern preferences, but kept all else original...except I replaced the perfectly functioning adjustable bb with a cartridge unit. I just hate adjusting the things. Now I am feeling remorseful. thoughts? opinions?
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Old 01-07-10, 10:02 AM
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No problem - it's in the box so you can always put it back on whenever you want.
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Old 01-07-10, 10:08 AM
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I agree it is not something some one will look at and notice. plus you do not have to adjust it. I would do it in a second on my bikes when overhauling.
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Old 01-07-10, 10:34 AM
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+1. The real crime would be to have the bicycle sitting unridden or ridden with a loose or worn bottom bracket, simply because you didn't want perform a needed adjustment. You've done the right things, given your preferences.
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Get over it.
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Old 01-07-10, 11:14 AM
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Get over it. Enjoy your bike.
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Old 01-07-10, 11:20 AM
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For penance you must henceforth ride with your frame tubes, water bottles and jersey pockets filled with 1/4" chromium bearing balls (and don't try to cheat by mixing ceramic in there, though the added cost might serve to drive home the lesson).
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Old 01-07-10, 11:23 AM
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If I were a car guy and had something like a 66 Mustang, I would put disc brakes on it. That should give you an idea of how I feel about keeping things perfectly original.
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Old 01-07-10, 12:20 PM
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don't look back. you did the right thing. i recently replaced the ball-and-cup BB on my 80s shogun tourer with a new cartridge BB and couldn't be happier. they look cleaner and look fine on older bikes, they are maintenance-free, AND, no more snagged/ripped pants from those dreaded notched lockrings!!!!!
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Nothing spins like a nice bearing/cub bb packed well and adjusted right. It's fun, a little, to do it right and get that smooth spin.

However, some pretty reasonable cartridge units approach that, can be lighter, and are a heck of a lot less trouble.

Running 105 6-sp, I'd go with a decent cartrdige and call it a day. 5-minute replacements are pretty nice.
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I have rebuilt a couple older steel bikes for friends of mine laterly and replaced the loose bearing bottom brackets without a second thought (I still kept them, though ). If I am building a bike for someone who either doesn't know how to service bearings or doesn't care to, a $20 Shimano UN-54 will give them an awful lot of problem-free miles.
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Have no regrets.

Now - go drill out your brake mounts and add some recessed nut calipers.




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Guilt peddler.
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I've never found my old adjustable BB a problem at all. But it's your bike. Run the parts you want. I would save the old BB, though, unless it's broken.

(I threw away an old SunTour 5-speed freewheel that I probably could have fixed, and now I want it back. That's remorse.)
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Get over it.
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Get over it. Enjoy your bike.
Yeah! Get over it.

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Cartridge BB's were available in hte 70's...I think.
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Hope you didnt get a cheapo one, those are dreaded to get off sometimes if the slots for the remover are shallow along with the axle not being hollow, I had a hell of time removing one of those from an italian frame, had all kinds of clamps holding the tool down it was just awful, whom ever engineered those things should spend a lifetime of removing them from frames as punishment. At least you could never run into that with a cheap cup and cone bb.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
Cartridge BB's were available in hte 70's...I think.
Yes. Phil Wood made them. I have them in 3 of my 1970's and 1 in an early 1980's bikes, and they still work well today.
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Yes. Phil Wood made them. I have them in 3 of my 1970's and 1 in an early 1980's bikes, and they still work well today.
Both my '83 Klein and my '73 Lambert came with cartridge bearings pressed in the BB shell. The idea is not so new. You might even say that cartridge bearing BBs are vintage, if not classic.
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my low-end 1986 dutch city bike came with cartridge bearings pressed in the BB shell. it spins as nice as new and has never been serviced.
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