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…repacking wheel bearings… December 12, 2007

Posted by Chief in Bicycle, Biking, build, Information, maintenance, Shops, Sites, Websites.
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…so, here are some great links on how to repack your bicycle wheel bearings:

http://www.wikihow.com/Grease-Bicycle-Wheel-Bearings

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/hubs.html

http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-to-grease-bicycle-wheel-bearings.html

…and here are some tips just in case you decide to try it on your own, without reading any of the above information, without checking your bicycle maintenance book, and without any previous experience repacking bicycle wheel bearings:

  • Don’t use standard general purpose bearing grease. That grease will be too thick for your bicycle bearings. You will want to stick with a bicycle specific grease from your local bicycle shop. Again, don’t use general purpose red grease.
  • Don’t disassemble your hub bearings and think “no wonder they felt like they were wearing, there’s hardly any grease in there”, and then pack the entire hub with general purpose red grease. Don’t do it. It’s quite the mess to clean up later. Only put the grease on the races, and only enough to keep the bearings and the races sufficiently covered in the slick grease. Don’t overdo it.
  • Don’t begin taking things apart on your bicycle that you have never poked around with, late at night, when your bike is your transportation to work. If you have to wake up your significant other at 0445 in the morning to take you to work because you decided to “mess around with” your bike late the night before… well, just don’t.
  • Don’t assume any knowledge from other mechanical experiences will transfer right over to bicycle maintenance. Even if you are a 19+ year mechanic on nuclear power plants for Navy submarines, don’t think “it’s just a bicycle, how hard could it be?” Take your time and do a little research before hand. There will be little things that matter that you don’t want to figure out the hard way.
  • Don’t leave your garage door halfway open all night. If you realize that you’ve just messed up and have to redo everything, but it’s too late at night – close the garage door. Don’t risk “losing” anything to nosy anybody’s poking around.