Progress and Other Bits

I was excited to open up my Amazon Box of Delight, as it had my wedges inside.  My first though was…  I thought they’d be bigger.

IMG_20170817_165017.jpg But they did the trick, I think, anyway. The end of the story is that the bottom bracket is out. The middle part of the story does not involve a few gentle taps with the wedges, forcing the crank off the bottom bracket, though.  That didn’t happen even after I had them fully engaged.   Instead, it involved a huge pounding of wedges between the the chainring and the bottom bracket until they were seized together, allowing me to just rotate the whole thing out.

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So the only thing left on the frame at this point is the headset crown race and bearing cups. I’m hesitant to pull them because I lack the tools to both pull them out and seat new ones. But I probably will.

The good news is that I can start prepping the frame for paint. Which means pulling all the stickers off the bike. I hate stickers, generally. I have some on my guitar case (Wintergrass peanut throwers know what I’m talkin’ ’bout), but that’s about it. Heat guns and scraping are not fun. But I want it down to bare aluminum when I put the paint on, so I gotta do what I gotta do. I’ll figure out what to do with the headset leftovers while I pull the paint off.

I also discovered a bit of frame damage on the chainstay. It looks like chainring grinding, which is no big deal. I’ll sand it out.

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And finally….

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