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Installing Compact Crankset On DIY Cyclocross/Gravel Bike

I install a SRAM X5 crankset on my homebrew cyclocross bike. At the recent Black Fly Challenge mountain bike race, the bike just didn’t have low enough gearing to make it up some of the steeper hills. So I decided to install a new crankset with smaller chainrings. This also involved adding spacers to the …Read more »

How To Remove Stuck Crank Cotter Pin With A Hammer On Vintage Bike

I show how to remove a stubborn wedge cotter pin from a cottered crank using a hammer. This bike is a 1969 Raleigh, so the cotter pin may have been in there for 45 years.

How To Remove Crank Arm With Stripped Threads

I show how to remove square taper bike cranks with stripped extractor threads where a puller won’t work. This method will allow you to remove a crankset without a regular puller tool. I used a 3″ three jaw gear puller tool such as used to remove pressed on pulleys and gears. I bought the tool …Read more »

How To Remove Stuck Crank Cotter Pin With A Vise On Vintage Bike

I use a vise to remove a stuck wedge cotter pin from the crank of a 45 year old Raleigh bike. The pins in cottered cranks can be VERY difficult to remove. There are multiple ways to do it. The best way is to use a pin press if you have one, but most people …Read more »

Convert One Piece Crank To Three Piece Crankset/Bottom Bracket

I show how to replace 1 piece (“Ashtabula”) cranks with modern 3 piece cranks using an adapter. These one piece cranks were mainly found on older American made bikes like Schwinn, Huffy, Ross, etc, BMX bikes, and childrens bikes. The bottom bracket shell is larger and the cups are pressed in. But with adapters, you …Read more »