New bike parts? Torque the bolts!

I installed a new crankset on my mountain bike about 50 miles ago. Took it out for a ride this morning and not long into the ride began to hear a “kling kling kling” sound while pedaling. After a bit of looking whilst riding, noticed that the smallest chainring was hanging on by a single bolt that was barely hanging on itself! The other 3 bolts had loosened up and fallen out along the way somewhere. I’m just happy I was in the middle ring and didn’t fold the small chain ring under load! Lesson learned, never trust manufacturers to torque bolts properly. I’ll probably add some low strength loctite to the mix to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future.

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