A simple task: change a BB and crankset.
First, drive side pedal would not come off the old crankset. And I tried a LOT of force on it. To the point of thinking I was about to twist the hex bit with the torque wrench. So removed crankset and left WD40 to go to work on the threads.
Got old BB out. All going swimmingly.
Look at new BB. Nothing to say which is drive side. Hmm. Maybe they are interchangeable. Took about 25 mins to get one cup in. All my weight on the tool. Quarter turn, reset. Very odd.
Same on the other side, except it wasn't going all the way in. Very very odd.
Remove the cups and examine the threads. I noticed that i have completely destroyed the red anodised finish around the teeth indents on the cups. Wrecked. This thing was brand new an hour ago and now looks like I've used a hammer and chisel to get it in.
Then I notice the very small L and R on the cups. A clue? Yes. They go in by hand if you put them in the correct side. Score one for the clarity of Campy and SRAM, which say helpful things like "Drive side".
But still I can't get the second cup all the way in. Much cursing and swearing until I remove them and look at the sleeve. Ah. 73mm. MTB sized. No ******* good to me. I should send the whole BB back to the ebayer seller who listed it as 68mm. Except I've destroyed it. Bollox.
Then try using the sleeve from the old Shim BB. At last, the BB goes in! Oh. The crankset won't go through the BB though. Feckity feck feck.
ETA: not to be defeated so easily, I took the NDS cup off, ran the crankset through the DS cup, and then mounted the NDS cup. Bingo! It looked like all I had to do now was mount the NDS crankarm. Better just see how freely this puppy moves first though. Gave the DS crankarm a spin - well, tried to, because the bastard thing was jammed solid on my Heath Robinson BB invention. ars*, muthaf****er, shiteballs, c***ing f***er, etc...
Give up in utter disgust at the total failure and put the Shim stuff back on the bike.
The good news is that the WD40 did the trick.
When I get going, I'm like a real Bike Whisperer, me.
Last edited by Greg66 Tri v2.0
on Thu Dec 06, 2012 09:13 am, edited 1 time in total.