Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take part in the April Giveaway for an Electric Bicycle Roadster V2 from Ride1UP


Toasted wheel bearings
#1
<img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2525/3741037121_56066aac05_m.jpg" />

Hello everyone! New to the forums (and bicycle maintenance in general). I went to the bike shop today and they told me that the bearings on my rear wheel are "toast". They said that the slotted metal part extending from the hub (shown in the picture) isn't even supposed to be showing. The mechanic says I should just buy a new wheel, but that sounds really wasteful and I'd prefer to fix it if possible. I watched the tutorial on overhauling wheel bearings ( http://bikeride.com/overhaul-wheel-bearings/ ) and was curious if I can fix it that way or if the bike mechanic at the shop was right and I should just buy a new wheel. As far as I can tell, the following link is my bike exactly: http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=1997&Brand=Giant&Model=Option&Type=bike I hope that helps. If I can't repair the bearings, how can I determine whether or not a quick release wheel would work with the cassette and everything? Thanks in advance for any help.

--Nate
  Reply
#2
Definitely worth seeing if it can be fixed. The big question is whether or not the hub is damaged. If the bearings got that bad, it's a good bet the bearing races on the axle (cones) are damaged. If the bearing surfaces inside the hub (cups) are damaged, you really need to replace the wheel.
Pretty easy to figure this out. Take out the axle and inspect the cups in the hub. If they are still smooth, replace the bearings and cones as needed and you're good to go.
If the hub's shot, you can use either a QR or bolt-on wheel. You just need a 700c cross bike wheel made for a 7-speed cassette. Rough guess maybe $70-$80 and it'll be a better wheel than what came on the bike.

  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread
Author
Replies
Views
Last Post
 
12,904
05-26-2015, 02:31 PM
Last Post: eric1023
 
24,538
01-13-2015, 12:13 PM
Last Post: joseph wolf man
 
5,224
12-25-2013, 07:11 AM
Last Post: SchwinnMonkey
 
18,647
06-28-2011, 12:00 PM
Last Post: nfmisso
 
18,002
05-17-2011, 01:07 AM
Last Post: AndrewB

Forum Jump:

[-]
10 Latest Posts
Rattling cassette
Today 11:07 AM
FILM: 358 mi: Bike Trip from Pittsburgh ...
Yesterday 01:33 PM
What’s the name of this bottom bracket ?
Yesterday 09:03 AM
Hi folks!
Yesterday 07:28 AM
2021 Pro Road Cycling
Yesterday 06:09 AM
Bicycle Day
Yesterday 04:56 AM
Is Dunlop valve almost the same as Prest...
04-20-2021 08:49 PM
How many people ride everyday?
04-19-2021 05:34 PM
Are electric bikes the future?
04-19-2021 04:26 PM
Can you help me identifying this Gitane?
04-17-2021 01:24 AM

[-]
Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
14 posts
no avatar 2. Mark Zucker
5 posts
no avatar 3. Papa Dom
5 posts
no avatar 4. J_R_Schultz
4 posts
no avatar 5. ZPEBicycle
3 posts