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

by Petrelli

Brompton uses a BSA (English) standard bottom bracket system. For the Non-drive side, it is running on a left-hand thread, you will have to turn the bottom bracket shell clockwise to remove the shell from the frameset. On its drive side (crank side) the bottom bracket is on a normal right-hand threaded, which means you turn anti-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 leftover 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 specially made tool to extract the bottom bracket from the Brompton 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.

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