Keep your bearings in optimum condition with the Park Tool HHP-3 Home Mechanic Bearing Cup Press. Designed to install all sizes of head cups from 1" to 1-1/2", it will also install one-piece bottom bracket cups. - L.M.
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OK, so let's get the most obvious things out of the way to start off with. Yes, it's expensive and yes, the tool does cost more than the replacement bottom bracket, especially when you consider that you probably need the shims that come with the removal tool. Finally, yes, you could use two pieces of wood in a vice to fit a new BB. Now, assuming that you are OK with the above, then I will move on to the use of the tool - in fairness, due to the cost of the tools, I put off changing my BB until the creak so annoying that it was affecting the quality of my ride. In the picture, the tool looks rather home made and I wondered whether I would be better off with the all singing and dancing HHP-2. In the end, I decided to go for the less expensive tool as reviews elsewhere were very encouraging and to be quite frank, I do have quite a number of bikes with press fit BBs, but at over £120 for the HHP-2 is bonkers if I am not going to be using it at least 2-3 times a month. Along with this tool, I also purchased the bearing removal punch, which comes with the shims that are used to press in the new BB. I highly recommend using the shims as it ensure that the pressure is one the bearing cup when pressing in the new BB and not the bearing itself. When the tool arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of it. Sure, it has no whistles and bells, but it does the job just fine. Fitting was extremely straight forward. There are two options for avoiding creaks. The first one is to lube the outside of the bearing cups and the second is to use mild thread lock. These may seem at odds with each other, but it's quite simple really - the first will allow slight movement while the lube prevents creaks and the second prevent movement. I decided to fit one side at a time and then used the press when both cups have been seated, just to ensure everything it aligned and tight. The instructions are very clear, but they aren't really needed, as you really have to be the next level of incompetent to not be able work out how to use the press. In summary, it was money I didn't want to spend and my LBS could've done it cheaper. However, I now have a tool that will last forever and will pay for itself over time. Also, I have the satisfaction of maintaining my own machines. Finally, there really is no need to splash out on the HHP-2 unless you use it a lot, or you want to impress your friends/customers as it looks fantastic, but it will not do the job any better.
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