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I’ve managed to shred another one. Within 2 and a half years this will be my third BB I’ve gone through. I’m kinda looking for a little advice on what I can do so I don’t have to put in a new BB every damn year. I, myself, am a big guy. This is what I attributed it to at first, but I’ve been told that has got nothing to do with it.  What I was told was that leg power and mashing up hill in top gears is what will do them in.  I have got some strong legs, thanks to the hills of B-more, and I kind of enjoy mashing up hills.

So, I guess what I’m asking is if one: Does my weight have something to do with it?

Two: If weight has nothing to do with it, then is there a BB out there that will allow me not to have to change my riding style?

Any advice is welcome. Thanks all. :)


Damn! So this is a picture of my bike looking not well. I went to service my bottom bracket the other day after I noticed that it was a little loose.  It’s a three piece BB that I’ve rebuilt before so I really didn’t think anything of it. Everything was going well. I pulled the cranks, unscrewed the adjustment cup, pulled the bearings and spindle. I got everything cleaned up, repacked the bearings and started to put humpty dumpty back together again.

I noticed upon reassembly that the lock ring wouldn’t tighten down on the adjustment cup. I pulled the cup out and realized that it was cracked between two of the treads in the middle.  Shit!

It’s so damn frustrating when ya think everything is going fine and WAM, a cracked adjustment cup. So I’m gonna do what I should have done the first time I had trouble with this thing and get a cartridge BB. You live and learn.

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