English or Italian? what a 'threading' topic..

benneally
benneally Posts: 973
edited September 2011 in Workshop
I have a boardman race (i know, I know - it was cheap) and wondering if I need english or italian threading on some new shimano bb cups?

Also, if im 6"2, should i generally be looking to use 175mm cranks?

Thanks for your help.

Comments

  • k-dog
    k-dog Posts: 1,652
    I'd be very surprised if it's Italian.

    Crank length depends on leg length and flexibility to an extent. 175 doesn't sound far away though - I'm 6'1" and I ride 172.5
    I'm left handed, if that matters.
  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    I don't know first hand - but it will be English thread. Italian thread BB's are rarer and rarer, and certainly only on italian bikes.

    I have ridden for months with a 170 crank one side and a 175 the other, without noticing. Nor did I notice when I finally replaced one with a crank that matched the other. If I needed new cranks now, I'd buy whichever were the cheapest of the available lengths, otherwise the same as I'd had previously.
  • IanLD
    IanLD Posts: 423
    Italian on my Spanish Orbea too, so not just Italian bikes. Can't see a Boardman not being British though.
  • The boardmans are british... (or at least the three that i've taken bb out of were!)

    On crank length it is up to you, personally I prefer shorter ones on the road.
  • balthazar
    balthazar Posts: 1,565
    IanLD wrote:
    Italian on my Spanish Orbea too, so not just Italian bikes.

    Good to know. Thanks for the correction!
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Boardmans are Taiwanese-built and have BS thread, along with over 99% of bikes. These days you'll only find Italian threads on Italian made frames - even Italian branded ones made in the far east are BS threaded eg Pinarellos ans Colnagos.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • The boardmans are british... (or at least the three that i've taken bb out of were!)

    On crank length it is up to you, personally I prefer shorter ones on the road.

    +1 on the crank length - though mine are inbetween at 172.5
    Pain hurts much less if its topped off with beating your mates to top of a climb.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,531
    I'm a short arse with even shorter legs so 170 for me. I do notice when back on 175 (but not much, just a bit less comfy...)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver