If ever history was being made, it's right here! As said, sterling effort and looking forward to the results!
Some comments to expand on FC:
c) which leaves the better crank taper and bottom bracket surface.
> this is an important one. More so to the crank of course. Would be good if you could note "ease of removal" although this really is not the issue or a motive to lube in the first place IMHO. I've removed horrid cranks from
cheap and nasty city bikes that have stood outside in extreme weather - eventually any corrosion does brake
but it initially requires a lot more force. Don't ask if I could remove the pedals though...
e) what will each be like in a year in a dry shed... a salt winter commute and muddy rides.
> could you also do a good 200 miles hard riding up some mountains in +35C, then in -10c, and
note if any cranks fall off or work loose and make a nice plot of pre-load loss in the crank bolt.
Keep us posted - this thread will be epic!
Favorite quote on Retrobike:
Not worth the petrol to take it to the tip so it's down to the angle grinder to make it small enough to put in the wheely bin.