got a new crank remover :-)

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well, i was playing around with the bike and temporarily set it up with a cheap index lever to make
sure the front derailer aligned right. And a good thing i did too, the BB, while in excellent
condition, had an axle that was too long. the derailer just wouldn't extend far enough. So i drove
over to the LBS and picked up a crank removal tool (Pedro's, 'cause it was in stock). the old
cranks, when i had to get them off, i had to beat them from behind and eventually they would pop
off. but with the tool, the cranks almost fell off with just a few turns.

Worked better than i could have ever dreamed.

After that, i pulled the BB out, and let me tell you, Clyde really cranked the right side cup in
hard. (thank the tool gods for the invention of a breaker bar.)

The sealed BB i had didn't fit as bad as i thought it would. the non- drive side only stuck out
about a 1/8" extra.

i bolted the cranks back on, looped over the chain, and re-adjusted the derailler. i must say, it
shifted nearly flawlessly after a proper tuning. i don't think that chain has ever had the pleasure
of a crisp shift like that. Absolutely remarkable the way it shifts with such ease now. There are a
few chain rattling on the front derailler in some gear combinations, but i rarely use those
combinations anyway so i'm not worried.

Still waiting on the LBS for the front rapid-fire lever.

travis57 at megalink dot net
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