so i was pulling my chromag surface apart today to give it some tlc and i ran into a headscratcher
i'm going to pull the rest of the bike apart and get some liquid wrench in there. but the bb was out less than six months ago, can't really think of a reason it's stuck (yes, i'm turning it the right way)…
anyone heard of a seize external bb before - or any other helpful thoughts?
Those RF BBs had notoriously poorly and roughly cut threads. I had two that went in well but bound up when coming out because the aluminum would chunk off the threads under use and during removal. Luckily you have a steel frame because this can permanently bugger the threads of an aluminum frame.
A great tool to remove this type of mess is a small electric impact gun with a socket type BB tool:
Hit it with 24 hours of penetrating oil first though. If the fit of the BB tool is a bit loose you can put a paper towel between the BB and tool (good trick for keeping nice anodized BBs looking new too).
The vice trick works nicely too but can make removal tough on really stubborn jobs because you have to clamp the BB really tight which may deform the threads inside the frame.