Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Almost Installed New Crank

I was hoping tonight's blog post would be titled something closer to Great New Crank.  Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

I bought a Shimano Alivio M411 triple crank which has a 48T large chain ring (like what is currently on the Sofrider) and a 26T small one (compared to the 34T).  I received a bike toolkit yesterday, so tonight was a good time to try and change the crank.

Taking the old crank off was pretty easy (with the crank pulling tool).

And it was very easy to get the new crank on:

The problem is that the new crank is too close to the frame and the front derailleur can't shift the chain into the  granny gear.  I put the original crankset back on and ordered a wider bottom bracket that will hopefully fix the problem.  Stay tuned!

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