Re: [CR] Italian BB thread chasing

(Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina)

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Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 06:39:44 -0500
From: "Wayne Bingham" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Italian BB thread chasing

>>> What kind of a bike shop doesn't have Italian BB taps on hand??<<<
> Brian Baylis

I think you'd be surprised by how many shops these days don't have those type of tools (especially for Italian threading). Case in point, a fairly new "conventional" LBS near me has a kid (uh, young man) that works there who was building up a messenger-inspired fixed gear bike, one of the generic contemporary ones built for a threadless headset. He decided he had to have a threaded fork and quill stem (gotta love that). The only fork he could find had a long steering tube, and needed some additional threads cut. Well, the shop doesn't have "that" kind of tools, so the kid ended up at my little shop. The up-side to all this is that young people like the one here may drive shops to be better equipped again. The shop owner in this case is now talking with me about acquiring some new tools.
Wayne Bingham
Lovettsville, Virginia USA