Re: [CR]Cotter Pin Press

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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 07:17:57 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Cotter Pin Press
To: Steven Willis <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
In-Reply-To: <000801c48f77$9d3394a0$0bfd998d@t1s9z1>

Well, maybe your local shop, but not in this area. Any shop owners on the list have one for sale?


Jerry Moos Houston, TX

Steven Willis <> wrote: Park makes a nice press still can get it at you local bike store. Or, just put a block of hard wood under the arm and bang away with a brass hammer the load goes in to the wood and saves the balls and cups. Steven Willis 1778 East Second Street Scotch Plains NJ 07076 908-322-3330

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerome & Elizabeth Moos"
To: "Classic Rendezvous"
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 5:44 AM
Subject: [CR]Cotter Pin Press

> Does anyone know where I can buy a cotter pin press? Does anyone still manufacture these things? Last weekend, after locating some French threaded pedals for the French-made Duprax cottered steel cranks on my recently acquired 1952 Claud Butler, I went to install the pedals and discovered the left crankarm was loose and could not be corrected by tightening the nut. Fortunately, there is a local Schwinn shop which has been in business several decades, and had a old cotter pin press, perhaps a VAR. I must confess, I'd never seen this tool before, although I knew they existed. I started riding as an adult in 1972. The only bike with a cottered crank I ever owned as an adult was my very first lightweight, a Peugeot UO-8. I kep it only about a year before moving up the a LeJeune F-70 with Stronglight 93, and never had a need to service the rank or BB on the UO=8.
> It appears that a press makes the job of removing and installing cottered crank arms infinitely simpler than it would otherwise be. As I've now moved back into the 50's with the CB, a partly assembled Rixie with nice cottered Stronglight, and unbuilt 50's Bates and Late 50's/ early 60's Hetchins frames, I'm going to need to learn to deal cottered cranks.
> Just observing the design of the cotter pin press, it appears that if these are now unobtainable, one might be able to modify a large carpenter's clamp to work. Anyone ever tried this?


> Regards,


> Jerry Moos

> Houston, TX