The part of your bike that contains the axis the cranks arms spin 'round. (The crank arms are where the pedals attach.)

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Clacking noise as right crank goes 'over the top' once per revolution

Every time the right pedal goes over the top I get a single clack noise with a little more 'travel', a point where the bottom bracket moves without any resistance, from that point in the rotation. I ...
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Crankshaft snags and loses resistance while cycling

I have a hybrid (18+ years old) that I use for daily commuting which has developed a problem with the cranks. Every so often (perhaps 10% of the time) when I push down on either crank arm after ...
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How do I tell if I've correctly installed a press fit bottom bracket?

So I bought a Chris King PF30 bottom bracket and pressed it in using a bearing press along with the bushings that came with the Park Tool bbt-30.3. Using the bearing press I pushed both cups in ...
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Why is my electric bike 'clanking' under load?

I have a Giant Esprit Twist Power electric bike, which apart from not having nearly enough words in its name also has a problem related to the crank. When I put a lot of load through the pedals there ...
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Claud Butler Tandem - add a front derailleur?

I'm in the process of stripping a SWB Claud Butler tandem so I can get it repainted. There are a couple of things I need help with.... a) Can you fit a front mech to the bike, and if so, are there ...
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What direction are the threads on Ultra Torque bearing cups?

I need to remove the bottom bracket bearing cups from my 2010 Athena groupset. Do they both unscrew anti-clockwise, or is one side different (and which one)?
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Bottom Bracket Lube?

Lately, after my normal wash & lube routine, I've been squirting a little Teflon lube into the bottom bracket hub. I do so without dissembling by inserting the lube straw into the hub crevice. Is ...
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Bottom bracket with built-in internal hub - does this exist?

I've heard that one can install a bottom bracket that has what is essentially a built-in internal hub, giving one the ability to add a virtual double chainring where there's only one. This would be ...
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If chain/ BB/ casette are dead can chainrings and derailleurs still be OK?

I bought a brand new bike last May (2015 Brodie Elan) and proceeded to put 11,000km on it by November (cross Canada ride plus some commuting). Around the 11,000km mark I brought it back to the shop ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of press fit bottom brackets compared with threaded?

Many standards for bottom brackets have been gaining popularity recently such as BB30 and PF30. What are the benefits of these press fit systems over the threaded system that has prevailed for ...
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screeching/grinding sound when coasting at speed

2003ish Cannondale six13, all Ultegra. Frequently, but not always, when I'm coasting at a fast pace, usually down a hill, the bike will start making this hideous screeching/grinding noise. It is ...
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Why is there a gap between my crank and bottom bracket?

I just fitted a Tiagra crank arm to my bike. I noticed that there was a gap between the bottom bracket and arm and was concerned whether I fitted the arm correctly. I tried to force the crank arm ...
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Will this power2max power meter be compatible with Cannondale Synapse?

I have a 2015 Cannondale Synapse - specifically, this one: http://www.swiftcycles.co.uk/334/products/2015-cannondale-synapse-carbon-105-6-road-bike.aspx. I would like to add a power meter, and ...
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Converting from square spline to external bearings, what do I need to know?

I need to replace the entire drivetrain on my circa 2000 MTB commuter. Quality groupsets all seem to use external bearings these days. Replacing my current cartridge bottom bracket for a modern ...
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How to remove a seized bottom bracket from a titanium frame?

I can't loosen it even with a long breaker bar.
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What should I do with my crank/bottom bracket?

I just got this mountain bike almost 3 weeks ago. I took it for a long ride(120km back and forth). We encountered heavy rain during our ride, we were riding on a highway back then, there's flood water ...
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Cutting down cartridge bottom bracket left cup

I have a Tange 68x103 mm bottom bracket (pictured) that I plan to use in an old steel frame (building a single-speed/fixed). It turns out that my non-drive-side bottom bracket shell threads were a bit ...
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Chainline on a trek 660 fixie conversion

I am converting an old Trek 660 frame to fixie. It takes a 68mm bottom bracket and I'm putting in an SKF bottom bracket (like this) with both a BMX profile racing 110mm 46t and redline BMX cranks ...
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Bottom Bracket size issues

I need to replace my bottom bracket on my giant rapid 3, the BB is a FSA BB-7420ST - 116mm (68x116mm), but it's hard to found or not available. My Question is: can I use a BB in 68x115 or 117mm ...
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Replacement or comparable model for my current Bottom Bracket

I am currently using a old mountain bike which is using a Shimano BB -LP26 / 68 x110 Size: BC 1.37x24 I am not sure if this model is with english treading or Italian treading. I understand the don't ...
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How do I convert a Shimano Selecta to something more modern and quality?

I have created a single speed bike out of a 1982 Helkama Kulkuri. The only part that is a mystery to me is the bottom bracket (BB). It seems it is an interesting and easy to work with Shimano Selecta. ...
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I can remove crank arms without a crank puller, is this a problem? I'm worried the crankarms might be loose

Currently, I'm little bit worried about the compatibility of my crankset and the bottom bracket. The crankset is Truvativ Isoflow, the BB is BB-UN55 (Square taper). Yesterday, after the bike hit +1400 ...
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Identify my Motobécane racing bike

I bought a Motobécane last year (pics below), and now that the bottom bracket is broken, I really need to know the model of the bike, to help me change that piece. It would also be helpful if someone ...
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Replace asymmetrical BB with symmetrical cartridge and spacers?

My bike has a square taper 68mm width cup and cone bottom bracket that is wearing out. I was hoping to replace it with a sealed cartridge (shimano UN55 or similar) but then I found that the spindle ...
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What is causing noise/vibration high power input on right hand (drive side) crank?

I am getting a repetitive grinding sound/slight vibration while fully mashing on my Kona-humu single speed. Description of Problem This grinding is more similar to what you would hear from an ...
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Attaching crank arm with Shimano SLX M660

Firstly, apologies if this question has tones of frustration, my new crank set and bottom bracket has never been installed correctly, so I am going to do it myself. Should the drive spline on the ...
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Bottom bracket square taper (cartridge) extraction, too tight in one side

I'm getting weird noises coming from the bottom bracket (BB from now on), and I wanted to extract it to check if the problem is there or not. The guide video I used is no longer public (free) as when ...
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Bottom bracket length without knowing front chainline (fixed gear)

I'm wondering if I can find the right bottom bracket axle (or spindle, whatever it's called) with knowing my crank model (Gipiemme Dual Sprint, Velobase says BB should be 113mm) and rear chainline (I ...
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Squeaking / Chirping while pedaling [duplicate]

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. When pedaling (actually only under load, not when just turning the crank while it's on a stand) the bottom bracket squeaks or chirps. I first thought it was ...
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What's this noise? Is it from my crank?

I have recently been riding bmx, racing to be more specific. I ride around my neighborhood a lot when im not at the track and have noticed this loud clanking noise. I didn't know where it was coming ...
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how many spacers do I need for a 83mm bottom bracket and a 142x10 hub?

I have a Zee crankset on a 83mm bottom bracket (downhill bike). The Shimano manual says to use two 2.5mm spacers on the drive side, and one 2.5mm spacer on the non-drive side. However, this presumes ...
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Can I measure my bottom bracket size without removing the cranks?

I don't have a LBS (there are BS, but not L), so I generally order everything I need online. I need to replace the bottom bracket on my commuter bike, which I know is a VP-BC73 but that BB's available ...
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Selecting a compatible BB: spindle offset

Replaced Shimano Bottom Bracket, now front derailleur won't shift to largest gear How do I measure a bottom bracket? I thought the only thing that mattered when replacing a bottom bracket ...
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Do I need to face my new frame?

I just purchased a new aluminum MTB frame. The headset is a standard "NECO, 142, 1-1/8” AHEAD". The BB is ... I'm not sure, but is internal and threaded. How do I determine if I need to face or ream ...
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What road double cranksets will work with a 108mm JIS square taper bottom bracket spindle?

So far it seems like the Shimano Sante or Suntour Sprint cranksets are the only ones that would fit my bottom bracket spindle (I am hoping to keep both BB and spindle). Am I missing any possible ...
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Cross threaded/stripped bottom bracket

I installed a new sealed bearing in my bottom bracket. Unfortunately after tightening it most of the way, it jammed and I realised I'd cross threaded it. I then removed it and reinstalled it. It ...
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What is the purpose of greasing BB threads?

As is known for Shimano sealed bottom bracket cartages (e.g. page 16 here), if the BB cup is made out of metal, grease should be applied to the frame-cup thread. If the cup is plastic, grease should ...
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What sort of bottom bracket does a Trek 1.5 2011 take?

My bottom bracket is on its way out.. No longer getting smooth rotation even without chain attached. I was wondering if anyone knew what sort of bottom bracket the frame supports? I've googled but the ...
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What do you call the crankset system type on the Sram Apex?

I see these everywhere, but no one can come up with a consistent name for them from company to company. GXP is the closest I can come to a name for the bottom bracket. ...
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Bottom bracket is ticking

Recently my 2008 Devinci mountain bike sounds like it's ticking when I push down on my left pedal on a usual rotation. When I turn the bike over and go through rotations, I can't get it to tick. ...
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Trouble removing bottom bracket

I've got an FSA MegaExo bottom bottom bracket that seems to have gone bad. I've head that FSA doesn't have the greatest bottom brackets, so I was going to try to replace it with this Shimano bottom ...
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Why does my non-drive side crank arm come loose?

I tighten the bolt super hard. Ride for a while. Then it comes loose again. I don't know if its my BB or the bolts. How can this be fixed??
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Orienting Shimano Cup and Cone square-taper bottom bracket spindle

Let's say you were servicing a Shimano adjustable bottom bracket and forgot which way the spindle was originally oriented. You also forgot your ruler. How would one correctly orient the spindle (so ...
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Picking bottom bracket and chain set for older mtb frame

I have an old norco manik frame from 2006 and I need help picking bottom bracket and chainset. I have been looking at Truvativ Hussefelt 1.1 DH Chainset at crc but how do I make sure the bottom ...
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Failing to unscrew BB - what now?

I have an external bearing BB, that I need replaced (It is quite badly rusted). I opt to do the repair myself. The bike is a Specialized Hardrock, the crank arms are SR Suntour. Having removed the ...
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Crank sliding horizontally through the bottom bracket

Was out biking today when I noticed the pedals were moving side to side, with the pedal arm almost coming off the left side. As I was investigating the washer with "LH fsa AL" actually came off in my ...
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Older Motobecane conversion

I recently acquired an older blue Motobecane Mirage with a great frame and paint. I have stripped it all down and salvaged everything I can (frame, front wheel, handlebars, front brake) but now I'm ...
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Identifying bottom bracket

First and foremost.. I'm slowly trying to replace my bottom bracket.. it makes a kind of knackered-bearings sound when I move the pedals round without the chain attached. This is because I've been bad ...
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DBS 10 Speed Conversion - Bottom bracket?

I have dismantled and thrown away the old parts of this DBS 10 Speed bike I'm converting to a fixed-gear. Yesterday I received a 48T Espresso crankset, but now I wonder which bottom bracket to get. ...
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Can if fit new 105 5700 cranks on my existing 5600BB?

I am refreshing my drive train. I have been running a full 105 5600 set for a couple years. I have an ultegra cassette and chain ready to fit, and I am consdiering crankset/chainring options. Is the ...