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When a 20 minute job turns into a 3 hour job.

Old 06-19-21, 09:52 AM
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When a 20 minute job turns into a 3 hour job.

I was installing a rear on my bike, had every bolted down, and only one bolt to screw in. It decided to snap on me. Hopefully I'll be able to drill a small well into it and remove it with an easy out. I'll have to drill it out and re-tap the thread, (hopefully I'll find a tap small enough for a fine thread,) if not. A bit frustrating, but I know I have solutions available. Can't say I am happy about it, but such is life.


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Old 06-19-21, 11:19 AM
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Welp, that sucks. Anyone who's turned enough wrenches has been there.

I'd try to cut a slot into it and back it out before drilling it out. Trying to drill out anything smaller than a 3/8" - 6mm is always sketchy. Either way, chase out those threads before you try a new bolt. It doesn't take much to foul up those little M5 inserts, plus those shiny stainless bolts are so easy to snap or round off. ( Don't even get me started on titanium, lol)
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Old 06-19-21, 11:21 AM
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That's my kind of luck right there.
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I blame the sign. Best not to give those bolts any ideas.
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Old 06-19-21, 12:06 PM
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If you are installing a rear on your bike, you should probably upgrade to grade 12.9 bolts.
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Old 06-19-21, 01:24 PM
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Has happened to us all.
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Originally Posted by grizzly907la View Post
Boy, isn't that the truth. Before my ride yesterday, I planned to just replace my chain and adjust my headset. Took the chain off and threw it away only to realize I didn't have a new one in that size. So I fished it and the quick link out of the trash and put it back on, deciding that the first stop on my ride would be my LBS. I took out my stem and accidentally ripped the wires out of my bike computer base! So after getting the headset/stem situated again, I had to re-solder the wires to the base. That's an hour or so I wish I'd been riding!
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My system for grading repairs/chores:
Any injuries?
Anything broken?
a) On original chore?
b) On unrelated item?
How many trips back to workshop, store, etc.?
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Old 06-19-21, 03:05 PM
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Left hand drill bit might do it
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Recommend adding this to your tool set:

Damaged Screw Extractor Kit and Stripped Screw Extractor Set. Its A HassleFree Broken Bolt Extractor and Screw Remover Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZ17QD9...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 06-20-21, 07:28 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Recommend adding this to your tool set:

Damaged Screw Extractor Kit and Stripped Screw Extractor Set. Its A HassleFree Broken Bolt Extractor and Screw Remover Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GZ17QD9...ing=UTF8&psc=1
Already have the set. I needed to order a drill adapter for my impact driver. I found a workaround, and I'll attempt to fish the broken bolt out. The rails got a bit ganked up but it's functional.
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Old 06-20-21, 08:42 PM
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at least it's not a broken bolt in a water bottle holder boss on a carbon frame!
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Old 06-20-21, 08:57 PM
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It looks like the frame uses rivnuts, definitely doesn't look like a welled on fitting. Might be able to just get a new one squeezed in once the hole is cleared.
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Old 06-21-21, 02:46 AM
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I remember when I assumed doing a tubeless conversion on my new MTB would take about 30 minutes. That was a fail.
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Old 06-21-21, 07:30 PM
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So many times, to do the job right, you have to use two or three times the number of tools you first got out, and maybe one or two trips to the hardware store.

I think it is covered under Ralph's law.
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Old 06-21-21, 10:07 PM
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Sounds like a typical car repair story too.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I remember when I assumed doing a tubeless conversion on my new MTB would take about 30 minutes. That was a fail.
I once assumed a regular tube change was going to be standard. I finally got it after wrapping all four ratchet straps around the wheel, and three cigarettes smoked.
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