I finally managed to get the SOB crank arms off the bike. It took a spare seat post and 100mm enginners vice, and perseverance.

Anyway I'm on the home striaght now in terms of getting the bloody thingy painted finally.

I want to know what tools I need to remove the BB and the cups off the head tube?

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  • Don't forget to loosen the locknut on that right-side BB cup before you try to remove it. Jan 12, 2018 at 0:53
  • oh whys that? As much as I like the original BSA chainring, since I can't get a cotter pin press in the uk, I think I'm going to convert it to a square taper. I probably get my LBS to do it for me, that way I'm not messing around
    – Ageis
    Jan 12, 2018 at 0:57
  • Why remove the headset cups ? Are you blasting/painting the frame?
    – Criggie
    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:06
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    yes! I am using an industrial power coating company to do it because the proper bike restoring places are charging £290 - 300 plus P&P. Hence I doubt they would care for my cups. I already have had a few challenges and there is still the BB. I dont want to have to replace the cups as well
    – Ageis
    Jan 12, 2018 at 16:22
  • @Ageis - Loosening the locknut is kinda required for any BB design, if locknuts are employed at all. Jan 12, 2018 at 21:06

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Park HCW-11 wrench to remove/adjust the BB cups:


RT-1 to remove the headset cups:


or just a long flat head screwdriver and hammer to gently tap them out.

  • oh btw the way so on the drive side I willbe turning clockwise to remove yes? Then on non drive it's actually rhd threaded so lefty loosey
    – Ageis
    Jan 12, 2018 at 0:08
  • On british bikes, yes, you'll loosen by turning towards the front of the bike. drive side clockwise, NDS counterclockwise. Jan 12, 2018 at 0:26
  • Yes - general rule is that the left pedal and right side of BB are reverse-threaded. Unless its exotic/french/italian.
    – Criggie
    Jan 12, 2018 at 1:04

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