Re: [CR] "Arnold-like" Alloy Crankarm bolts

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From: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 16:47:22 -0500
Subject: Re: [CR] "Arnold-like" Alloy Crankarm bolts
To: <>

Aw, c'mon Jerry. You are being a bit "over contrarian".

Mount cranks with steel bolts and do warm-up ride. Replace steel bolts with aluminum, and go race. Ergal, milled, drilled parts ... it's understood that they are not for longevity, but for every gram counts, racing use.

For us as collectors ... mount with steel bolts, replace with aluminum, do the same for each and every other steel bit you can find replacement Ergal bits for, and enjoy your period correct, super lightweight collector piece. Look at it, weight it, parade it, or even fondle it ... it's not rocket science.

Ciao, Mark Agree Southfield MI USA ~ ~ ~

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 08:50:55 -0800 From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <> To: <>, Nor Meyer <> Subject: Re: [CR]Re: "Arnold-like" Alloy Crankarm bolts

The instructions themsleves are stupid. If you're going to have to use steel bolts every time you tighten the cranks, then the alloy bolts serve no purpose. May as well just remove the bolts altogether after you've tightened the cranks and save yet another few grams. Of course, maybe you need to carry the steel bolts with you in case you have to retighten the cranks, but then you haven't reduced the total weight of bike and rider and gear. Like I said, alloy crank bolts were a really stupid idea.


Jerry Moos
Big Spring, Texas, USA

--- On Wed, 1/7/09, Nor Meyer wrote:

> From: Nor Meyer <>
> Subject: [CR]Re: "Arnold-like" Alloy Crankarm bolts
> To:
> Date: Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 10:23 AM
> A really stupid idea, IMHO. I mean one of the principal
> functions of a
> crank bolt is to tighten the cranks, and alloy bolts could
> not do so without
> a high risk of failure.
> Uh, if you'd bothered to read the instructions prior to
> installing, you'd
> have discovered that you first install the crank arms with
> *steel* bolts,
> then remove them and replace w the nifty aluminum ones...
> It's that "bling
> factor" ya kno, sorta like "Built for Speed"
> decals on some bikes. Very
> stylin'
> Nor Meyer, holed up in icey Mt. Vernon, IA
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