Vintage 3 Speed English Bicycles


Welcome Back Cotter!

I picked up an inexpensive Raleigh built Glider frame today with the intention of a quick tidy up, bearing repack etc. I’ve got another former student looking for some cheap transportation and have some spare wheels etc to put it on the road for $60.00 or so.


Sadly, I’ve encountered the most stubborn cotter pin in the history of mankind! Even George’s vintage cotter pin press would not make it budge!


I ‘ll try again tomorrow but may just, leave it or replace the spindle and arm, we’ll see….



5 responses

  1. For what it’s worth, as a last resort I sometimes centre punch a start point into the head and then drill the centre of the pin out starting with a small bit diameter, but care is needed not to damage the crank or axle in the process. The drill’s heat and some releasing agent will sometimes allow it to be tapped out part way through the drilling.

    May 28, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    • Thanks, it’s soaking overnight and we’ll see tomorrow.

      May 28, 2016 at 10:16 pm

  2. jamie toro

    Sometimes the party is really over forget move on to the next bike.

    May 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

  3. misirlou

    I can’t believe it !.. you lack of experience . Even the garage, woow !! .. use a drill.. when i find a stucked cotter pin, i drill it. soooooooooooo simple you know !..

    May 28, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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