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eggbeater retaining nut problem

Old 01-05-06, 09:46 PM
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eggbeater retaining nut problem

So I lost the end cap and bearing on of my eggbeaters ( i think it was stolen). When I was replacing the bearings I was able to remove the retaining nut on the spindle on both pedals a couple of times ( mostly to look inside and figure out how it all worked)
Now I can't get the damn retaining nut to come of the spindle. It just spins in place. I tried needle nose pliers as well, so I know it is not my socket wrench. The worst part is I forgot to put one of the bearing back in.

ANyone ever had this problem?
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yeah. the spindle was stripped.
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sucky. Is this common?

I've been trying to decide to go to eggbeaters from my 7 year old ATACS, and was wondering if there were any issues.
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so does that mean the pedal is toast? and why did they strip so easily?
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did you torque them properly? they have a very light torque spec...30 in/lbs, to be exact. if you just tightened the nut down with a regular 8mm socket, it wouldn't take too much to strip it. you can try calling crankbrothers customer service. in my experience, they've been VERY helpful in turning frowns upside down.
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Old 01-05-06, 10:30 PM
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yeah, I probably over did it.

I am no bike mechanic, what should I have used instead of a normal socket wrench/ how can I tell when they are tight enough?
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out of curiousity, what do you mean by "one" bearing, do you have loose ball bearing eggbeaters or something?

I'm of the opinion that although eggbeaters aren't hard to service, they could be easier.
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[QUOTE=ryan_c]out of curiousity, what do you mean by "one" bearing, do you have loose ball bearing eggbeaters or something?

No, I mean one set of bearings, contained in that little metal donut
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that makes sense, i just thought it would be a lot harder to forget a whole cartridge than an individual bearing, plus the terminology...
but anway...
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Originally Posted by pasopia
yI am no bike mechanic, what should I have used instead of a normal socket wrench/ how can I tell when they are tight enough?
Torque wrench is what you need to use for delicate bits, following the manufacturer's specs. Cheap ones look like this:
http://www.parktool.com/products/det...t=13&item=TW-1

More expensive ones are sometimes refererred to asMicrometer or clicker torque wrench.

Good bike component manufacturers will list all the torque specs for their components. Some will obviously just give you the specs to install rather than the full specs required for servicing.

Its important to note that most jobs on a bike require a torque wrench that works in inch/pounds where as most wrenches for cars are in foot/pounds.
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I found my eggbeaters to be extremely easy to service. The small nylock nut requires very little torque, the best tool is still your socket set, just choak-up all the way to the head of the wrench
(even if you are using a shortie)
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Originally Posted by fixedpip
Torque wrench is what you need to use for delicate bits
agreed. i use a clicker type torque wrench when necessary. they can be found fairly reasonably, you want to make sure that it goes down low enough (in your beaters' case, 30 in/lbs) and like pip said, make sure it's set for inch/lbs, not ft/lbs. syntace makes a reputable click wrench, which your lbs should be able to get from qbp, that runs about $80.
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I stripped a spindle in exactly the same way. I wrote a very pathetic e-mail to Crank Bros, and they sent me an RMA number. A week later I had a refurbished set of pedals for just the cost of the return shipping.
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wish I had consulted the forum before I took apart the pedal...

fyi, crank bros are being very cool about this

"Thanks for the email. The key to removing a stripped nut from the spindle is to apply as much pull on the spindle as possible while turning the nut. This will likely be easiest with two people. Grab the spindle with a vice grip or similar (because the spindle will be tossed in the trash after you remove it). Wedge the body of the pedal against something that will allow you to pull down hard on the spindle. Then, when you turn the nut, the nut should unthread. If this doesnít work for you, letís take care of it here for you.
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Jason // rider support

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276 Canyon Acres Dr.

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

949.464.9916

I still haven't been able to get the nut off, but I also don't have a vice grip. I will probably just mail them the pedals.
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