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The splined thing in the picture moves very slightly in relation to the chain rings - it seems to be worn. I don't know how to remove it, or if it is even supposed to be removed. This is an old bike and it might just be easier to buy a new crank arm. When I'm cycling it causes quite an annoying clicking sound on every rotation of the crank arm.

I think it's a press-fit crank arm looking at this: How to remove a (press fit?) crank arm from a chain ring?

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Update: my friend hit it with a pointy thing and a hammer which fixed the problem...for about a mile.

  • So, the spider that holds the inner chainring is moving on the splines of the crankarm? How often do you use this inner grannie chainring ? – Criggie Jul 11 at 14:02
  • I don't use it very often. – eggbert Jul 13 at 6:30
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    @Criggie looks like all the rings are attached to the spider that's loose, not just the inner. – Argenti Apparatus Jul 13 at 9:57
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Looks like you have an a lower end, inexpensive crank. The chain rings are riveted together, that's a construction method typically used on lower end cranks. Nothing is supposed to be removed or disassembled on such cranks.

The rings moving on the splines will cause increased wear and eventually more movement. There's nothing you can really do to fix it so a replacement crank is necessary.

Obviously you need a replacement crank with the same number and size of chainrings, but it also needs to be for the correct number of sprockets on the rear wheel. Cranks also come in a range of arm lengths measured from center of axle to center of pedal axle.

The annoying thing about square taper axle bottom bracket cranks is that each model of crank requires a specific axle length. The axle you have now may not be the correct length for whichever crank you choose to replace it. Shimano provides extensive documentation that will tell you what axle length is needed but it's often easier to simply replace the bottom bracket with the crank. On that note you should also look at replacing you chain and cassette or freewheel with the crank.

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  • Agreed - I'd ride that as-is, until it fails or starts getting worse faster. At that point I'd replace (or just before failure ideally) – Criggie Jul 13 at 18:45
  • Unfortunately I've just replaced the bottom bracket ☹️ – eggbert Jul 13 at 21:12

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