Category: DIY

Pressing Issues: How To Install A Press-Fit BB

I really gotta stop posting these ‘red-herrings’. I just like fucking with you people though. For the record; not a press-fit BB…

You kick your front foot back hard, scooping the pedal back and flicking the cranks around underneath you with your battered Vans.  Something is wrong.  Your cranks squeak to a halt a mere 180 degrees from their original position.  Your feet slap down anti-climatically upon the asphalt.  Your heel-bruise worsens.  The attractive woman who was showing mild interest as she walked past looks away in embarrassment and quickens her pace.  Your peers nonchalantly look back down to their smartphones in silence; Courage Adams just posted on Insta and he actually lands his tricks… You try again- you kick back harder, grunt a little, people can smell your desperation now.  This time you get a better grip of the remaining three pins left in your pedal.  ‘This is the one…’ you think, ‘the fist bumps are coming my way.’
As you lay there, tangled among steel tubes, bleeding from a chunk missing from your Achilles tendon (probably caused by a Schrödinger’s pedal; a pedal that paradoxically seems unable to grip the bottom of your shoes yet will savagely butcher any part of your body it may end up touching) with your pride in tatters, thinking ‘Maybe I should make crankflips easy for myself and just ride a cassette…. like Courage.’  you might be better off by simply lubing your chain and changing your bottom bracket.

There are plenty of crank installation videos out there, this Merritt one being the latest example.  While it gives you some good pointers on crank installation, it completely skips the BB installation stage so today I’m going to take you through what it takes to properly measure and install your new bottom bracket like a goddamn… god!  We’ve all seen a number of wrong ways to fit a BB; some accidental, some on purpose, and with the evolution of the BB slowed down to a halt on the extremely efficient press-fit Mid sized BB shell, I’d say it’s high time to explain how to install the sucker correctly. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview with Patrick Banks from Limit Fabrications

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We’ve had a few US-based guys talk to us about the custom frames they put out, and so far we’ve loved what we’v seen. Hopefully it’s inspired some of you to go and purchase some of these frames yourselves and support the rider-owned and operated scene that these guys have created for the custom frame market. For this week’s interview, we go across the Atlantic to Patrick Banks, one of the UK’s finest custom frame builder. We hope this helps to cater to our audience from around the world, while showcasing another frame building legend. Click through to peep the full interview and some photos of the frames.

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Introducing : “DIY”

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We’re launching a new feature on the site called “DIY”. We want to showcase your original modifications, custom parts and bespoke designs. If you have something creative that you think we should feature on the site, upload your photo on to Instagram with the tag #DIYTHEMERGED and we’ll chose a handful to document on the site.

It could be anything from home made hub guards and custom paint jobs, all the way to a fully CNC’d one-off stems or sprockets. We’re looking forward to seeing some real originality and creativity in what you guys come up with!!