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Sunday, January 1, 2023

How to Replace an Adjustable Bottom Bracket on a Bicycle

Replacing an adjustable bottom bracket on a bicycle is a fairly straightforward process, although it requires some specialized tools. Here are the steps to replace an adjustable bottom bracket:

Tools you will need:

  • Bottom bracket tool
  • Crank puller
  • Wrench
  • Grease

Step 1: Remove the Crank Arms 

Use a crank puller to remove the crank arms from the bottom bracket. Insert the crank puller into the crank arm and turn the tool counterclockwise until the arm comes off. Repeat for the other side.

Step 2: Remove the Old Bottom Bracket 

Use a bottom bracket tool to remove the old bottom bracket. Insert the tool into the bottom bracket and turn it counterclockwise until the bottom bracket comes out of the bike frame.

Step 3: Clean the Bottom Bracket Area 

Clean the bottom bracket area inside the bike frame with a rag or brush to remove any dirt or debris.

Step 4: Install the New Bottom Bracket 

Grease the threads of the new bottom bracket and insert it into the bottom bracket area. Use the bottom bracket tool to turn the bottom bracket clockwise until it is snug.

Step 5: Install the Crank Arms 

Grease the spindle of the bottom bracket and slide the crank arms onto the spindle. Use a wrench to tighten the bolts that hold the crank arms onto the spindle.

Step 6: Test the Bottom Bracket 

Spin the crank arms to make sure they rotate smoothly and there is no wobbling or grinding. Adjust the bottom bracket if necessary.

That's it! You have successfully replaced the adjustable bottom bracket on your bicycle. It is important to make sure the bottom bracket is properly installed and adjusted to prevent any issues while riding.

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