Re: [CR]Worn cotter pins?

Example: Framebuilders:Mario Confente

Date: Mon, 01 Dec 2008 11:14:36 +0100
From: M-gineering <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Worn cotter pins?
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Iain Grant wrote:
> Hi guys, please for give the lack of proper technical language, but I have a
> technical question about an on-topic bike. I am currently riding around on
> 1957 Allin Stan Butler Special (more detail and pictures can be found here:
> ) which I am slowly but
> surely fixing up mechanically (it's a lot more ridable than in those
> pictures, but visibly not much different) while keeping it looking old and
> rusty as a theft deterrent and because I cannot afford a full restoration.
> Mechanically I've had no real problems that a little oil wouldn't cure, but
> recently I noticed a pronounced 'waggle' to my pedals. I'll try to explain
> that. If I hold one pedal firmly in place so it cannot move I am still able
> to waggle the other pedal a good 1/8th of an inch backwards and forwards.
> Something somewhere is loose or worn by years of riding. Now my hope is that
> it may be the cotter pins, a they would be cheap and easy to replace,
> compared some alternatives. Can anyone offer any suggestion as to the most
> likely cause/ fix before I start disassembling my first BB, as I have no
> other bike, and really need to keep this one on the road, so I would like to
> make this fix as quick and painless as possible.
> Many thangs in advance,
> Iain Grant, London, England.

You could try supporting the crank next to the cotter with something heavy (big hammer?) and hammering in the cotters a bit further as a temporary fix. Then tighten the nut to keep them in place. Full replacement is probably better though

-- mvg

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