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I had exactly this paragraph running through my mind as I was taking a cross threaded bottom bracket out of a cheap bike. The crank extractor had munged the threads of the axle, and the bb cups were frozen tight to the frame. So this crappy loose bottom bracket was exactly as valuable as the bike. And I was out of tools and ideas.

Thankfully, I had an option at he didn't have, which was punt to the bike shop and pay them 12 bucks to get the thing out and chase the threads.

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