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How do you get the Brompton bottom bracket stuck like that?

Brompton uses a BSA (English) standard bottom bracket system. On its drive side (crank side) the bottom bracket is left threaded, which means you have to turn clockwise to unscrew the bottom bracket shell. One of the Brompton DIYer might have mistaken the removal method, he twisted the Brompton plastic bottom bracket in the wrong direction until the cover is totally broken off. Hence, there is no more gripping area for any tools.

The main problem is to remove the left over bit within the Brompton frame, and that is exactly what the Bromptoner came to me for.

We tried a few “lighter” methods and it didn’t work out. It seems the only way out was to build a tool to “pull” the broken bottom bracket out from the Brompton frame.

The following images explain the steps:

The broken bottom bracket is left inside the Brompton body.
Using a special made tool to extract the bottom bracket from the Bromtpon frame.
After extracting the axle and bearing (part of the bottom bracket), we are left with part of the plastic holder in the frame. This should be easy enough to be removed.
After all the bottom bracket parts had been removed. We can then “Retap” the bottom bracket for the next step.
The bottom bracket broken into pieces.

About Petrelli

Known as the titanium guy at Bike48. Always trying to tell people titanium is 45% lighter than steel. Proactively modding up his Brompton with the left over parts!

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