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    bottom bracket tightening.

    Is there a simple way to tighten your bottom bracket without specific tools? I have the everyday tool kit just not a bb wrench etc.

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    Zip into your lbs and a tech can do it. Should be a one time thing.

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    Bottom brackets don't usally need tighting. Crank arms do get loose or bottom brackets wear out making them feel loose.

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    Hmmm I'm hearing a loud click when the crank is under pressure. Thought it may be loose. I need the biggest Allen key in the world for my crank lol

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    Do this test. Tap your crankset on the drive side with a rubber mallet or kick it with your shoe. If it moves toward the non drive side you need to loosen the non drive arm and retighten to remove the slack and get rid of the click. I lay it down on the ground to do this when on the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazee horse View Post
    Is there a simple way to tighten your bottom bracket without specific tools? I have the everyday tool kit just not a bb wrench etc.
    What kind of cranks?
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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