Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2008 09:58:30 +0000
From: "Iain Grant" <email@example.com>
Subject: [CR]Worn cotter pins?
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:
http://www.mrtwig.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/SBSpecial/ ) 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.