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Old 07-21-11, 06:26 AM
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Icetoolz 9/16" pedal taps review

I had a Stronglight crankset bought from Ebay that came with some bungled pedal threads.(despite what the seller claimed)

I took them to the local LBS to see what they would do. First of all the mechanic looked at me like I was crazy. Then he starts threading a 9/16" pedal into one side and says, " this pedal is going in but it is a little tight." I quickly snatch it from him and decide to do it myself. But the Park taps were giving me sticker shock! So the search engine brought up Icetoolz taps. You can get just the taps for around $13. Or they make a bicycle tap kit that sells online for around $30-50 depending on the online source. The online sources for the taps only were out of stock so I got a kit from Outside Outfitters.(there is already a review thread on them)

http://www.lifu.biz/icetoolz/index_p...rent=47&id=260

Anyway, the kit got here so here so this is what I think. The kit comes with a case and the various sizes are separated and well labeled. The 2 side handles of the tap handle feel pretty solid but the middle part that holds the tap looks a little cheap. All of the taps look solid. So I select one, put it in, add some oil to the threads and away we go. Half a turn forward then one half back. The tap works like it is supposed to and I can't believe how easy the conversion was. The only drawback is that the tap handle will come loose so I had to keep tightening it some.

Overall, the taps worked really well. The only negative was the handle came loose.
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Old 07-21-11, 06:34 AM
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Thanks for that review. I've had the Park pedals taps for a couple of years, and they've worked and held up well. To me, that's the best test of yours--will the cutting edges hold up over time and repeated use? Fortunately, the aluminum used in crank arms is pretty darn soft.

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Old 07-21-11, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Thanks for that review. I've had the Park pedals taps for a couple of years, and they've worked and held up well. To me, that's the best test of yours--will the cutting edges hold up over time and repeated use? Fortunately, the aluminum used in crank arms is pretty darn soft.

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If I was a professional, I would always invest in top of the line tools. But for a 1 or 2 time deal these will work good especially if you already have excess to a tape handle and only need the taps.

What I should also stress to the people who are thinking about doing it themselves is it is how easy it is. Just make sure you have the tap centered(not crossthreaded) when you start.

I have a Stronglight 93 triple with a 52/40/32 coming in from France. Should I tap those threads out as well? I don't think so! That crankset will stay as it was. I will find some better french pedals than the 136's that I have now.
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Old 07-21-11, 07:52 AM
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I hope you'll post a picture of that Stronglight 93 triple. I knew they existed but I've never seen one. How do they fit a 32t ring on a 122 mm BCD crank?

I've tapped all of my French cranks to 9/16" so that I can use any pedal that I want to. I don't think I've ruined them. There's no way you can tell by looking at them.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
I hope you'll post a picture of that Stronglight 93 triple. I knew they existed but I've never seen one. How do they fit a 32t ring on a 122 mm BCD crank?

I've tapped all of my French cranks to 9/16" so that I can use any pedal that I want to. I don't think I've ruined them. There's no way you can tell by looking at them.
I counted the rings/teeth before I bid on Ebay. I bought it for the future in case the hills get to big for me around here. Plus, I've never seen one either. I will post pictures when it gets here. I have a spindle for it as well.

Which brings up another question for another C & V thread. Do you put on a double chainring with a really wide spaced freewheel/derailleur. Or a triple and a freewheel with normal range of cogs? That seems like a good question to talk about.
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A tip for tapping cranks (or anything else) with bungled threads is to tap it from the backside where the threads tend to be in good condition.
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
A tip for tapping cranks (or anything else) with bungled threads is to tap it from the backside where the threads tend to be in good condition.
That's what I did strictly because of the helpful threads on this site!

Here is the link to the triple posting on Ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

Now that I get to looking at it and comparing it to the data on Velobase it might not be a 93 after all. It looks like one but the BCD does appear to be different. Now I'm really excited! 93 arms but where are the star cutouts? Not a 105. Maybe I've discovered some different model but it doesn't resemble anything else either. Sweeet!

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Old 07-21-11, 09:11 AM
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After some more looking I think it is a 99 instead of a 93. Well that's why the chainring is so small!
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Yes, that's a model 99. If the seller actually shipped that crank "economy" you're going to be waiting months. Literally. I'm still waiting on a crankset to arrive from Paris that I won so long ago I can't remember what month it was. You might consider contacting the seller and arranging a different method if it's not too late because the "slow boat" method is just that.
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I don't know what shipping method they use, but I've been amazed at how fast I get parts from xxcylce.com.
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Yes, that's a model 99. If the seller actually shipped that crank "economy" you're going to be waiting months. Literally. I'm still waiting on a crankset to arrive from Paris that I won so long ago I can't remember what month it was. You might consider contacting the seller and arranging a different method if it's not too late because the "slow boat" method is just that.
The rest of the shipments from France I've received have came right over. So I guess it is time to have a slow one. I'm not in a hurry. I got it for the future. I have some rides in the fall that I will be taking that it will come in handy. I don't need big gears on a daily basis. I figure I can get the triple, and still keep some close spacing on the back for most of my riding. After reading some more on the 99, this might be a blessing in disguise.

"As a result, both the Stronglight Model 99 and the SR Apex 5 Super Touring are well suited to creating "half step with granny" triple chainring touring gear setups."

I took that last sentence from Velobase.(99 BIS NM) So I must give them proper acknowledgement.
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Old 07-21-11, 11:29 AM
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I like the Stronglight 99 86bcd crankset a lot and have them on several bikes as compact doubles.

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