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    Bottle cage bolts rounded stripped head

    Bottle cage bolts rounded very easily off a new bike. Now can't get them off. Seems like a very soft material for the bolts and they rounded so easily.
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    Using a Dremel to put a line in the bolt to be able to use a flat head seems like a good option. Should I give thay a go?

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    Same thing just happened to about 2 weeks ago! It was my first carbon bike and I thought I messed it up something fierce. My shop said it happens sometimes. They had to drill it out and replace the rivnut. It was the manufacturers fault they said. All good now, but they had it for a few days.

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    I'm not sure what you need more help with...grammar or getting these screws out. Please at least try to make your posts easy to read.
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    Shop had to use a Dremel. Worked good. They couldn't believe how soft the screws were.

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    Bolts can be soft and people can seriously over-tighten. Make sure tool is properly engaged and DEFINITELY invest in a torque wrench. They aren't as expensive as they used to be.

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    What size allen wrench did you use? Were the bolts aluminum or Ti??
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    Seems like many brands are using aluminum bottle cage bolts. I generally always replace them w/ SS. It's easy to strip them, and over time to break them after yanking bottles out of the cages for a few months. Seems like I'm drilling broken ones out every week or so.
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    Yes use stainless steel and apply a small dab of grease on the threads. Makes it much easier to remove down the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc View Post
    Yes use stainless steel and apply a small dab of grease on the threads. Makes it much easier to remove down the road.
    And if you continue to use Al bolts, be SURE to grease the threads. Aluminum screws can easily gall the threads and then you're in deep greases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    It's easy to strip them, and over time to break them after yanking bottles out of the cages for a few months. Seems like I'm drilling broken ones out every week or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Good god, man, how much of a gorilla are you?
    Not me, I'm old and weak!
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