How to Fix A Broken Bottom Bracket
Wednesday September 9th 2015
After more than two years off cycling following back surgery, I'd got going again with a vengeance in 2015. But after not much use for a long time, my bike was suffering. It started making lots of unpleasant noises when I was pushing, and eventually in June it was clear the bottom bracket had broken.
Fixing this was difficult, firstly because I didn't know what most bike parts were called in Spanish, secondly because I didn't know what most of them were called in English either, and thirdly because some of the parts I needed were not in stock anywhere in Santiago. But finally today I fixed the thing. Here, for the benefit of anyone who finds themselves in a similar situation, is my simple 14 step guide to fixing a bottom bracket in just three months. What I did was this:
With the new bottom bracket, riding the bike was nicer than it had been for months. The old one was so horribly broken that I'm amazed I could even pedal with it.