Bracket racket: what's the bottom line?
I've been spending too much time lurking about on online cycling forums again. I must cut down – or cut it out completely. Maybe. I know that amongst the true gems of genuinely fascinating information there will be the inevitable verbal fisticuffs, misunderstandings and completely random tangents taken. Sometimes I think I post comments just so that I can be annoyed all over again when the original poster – or OP – fails to acknowledge my cycling erudition. The latest topic – actually two – I really mustn't allow myself to get drawn in to includes the advantages and disadvantages of Outboard Bottom Bracket Bearings or OBBB – or OBB. (Just be careful if you call them External Bottom Brackets or your abbreviation could clash with the one used for Eccentric Bottom Brackets and you'll be misunderstood and go and upset someone else no end.) I expect that the excessive use of abbreviations is a feature of most if not all such areas of specialist interest.
Are the more recent innovations an improvement on the old ways? Dunno. I just usually end up buying another tool for whatever version turns up on my latest bike. But perhaps a more pertinent question even for a hoarder such as me should be why, if they have been taken out of my various bicycles and replaced with new ones, do I still have a pile of the buggers taking up space in the garage?