Here is a quick tip to keep your small parts tight and keep them from becoming a big problem.
Sick of your small parts rattling loose? There is a solution, but it’s not for every threaded part on your bike. It is called Threadlocker and it is ideal for the small threaded parts that you never need to adjust and would almost prefer were a fixed piece on your ride. The questions are, where and when to use it. For starters, if the threads are large and you use them regularly, like your stem bolts or brake bolts, then you will want to use grease. This will allow you to tighten the bolts more, and reduce the risk of seized parts. So when exactly would you use a Threadlocker? We pulled a few parts that love to rattle lose and that can cause even greater damage to other parts if they do, to bring you this semi permanent solution.
Removable pedal pins are the top spot for thread locking compounds. Because your feet are always twisting, there is no foolproof way to keep them in place, without a little help. Once loose they can destroy the threads, or even worse, the pedal.
Since we have no need to remove pedal pins, other then to replace them, we will hit them with strong-hold, thread locking compound.
Just a drop on the tiny threads of each traction pin or setscrew will do the trick. Try to keep it off your fingers because it can get messy.
Snug the pins or set screws into position and give them an hour to dry, after that, they aren’t coming out unless you really want them out. The thread locking compound works so well, it can even hold pins in place that are slightly stripped, so it’s a good fix, as well as preventative measure.
Removable brake mounts, cable stops and guides are all very susceptible to stripping if not constantly checked and rechecked, so thread locking agents are a life saver, especially since they can cause the threads in the frame to strip and render the mount useless.
So with your cables removed, carefully remove the mounts one at a time, taking care not to lose the micro set screw, or strip it out.
As you can see, the setscrews are very tiny and only catch about one full thread in the frame, so any help is a big help. Strong hold thread locker on each set screw will ensure your session doesn’t end early. Removable brake posts also have shallow threads and can benefit from strong hold thread locker as well.
Be sure to take care when reinstalling the screws to prevent stripping or cross threading. Also never try to reinstall a set screw if the cable stop is under spring tension from the brake system. Remove the cable or barrel adjuster completely first.
Note: Parts with lock nuts, like barrel adjusters do not require thread locker, simply set your adjustment and then tighten the lock nut. This is a locking tool that is applied in areas of frequent adjustment, like cable stops, so take advantage of them.