Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Los Angles, California
Bikes: Bianchi Super Pista
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hub dustcap friction
hi I just decided to change out my cones on my rear wheel. I am mechanically inclined, but by no means a mechanic, so feel free to tell me what you think. I might just be messing with fire, and I wouldn't even know it.
hi I ride a flip-flop hub, and the dust cap is recessed on the free wheel side. The dust cap seems to make a lot of contact. I have no way to measure the friction, but When I removed the dust cap, my wheel will spin x number of times with a good push. With the dust cap on is spins roughly x/2 times.
hi I know I have been riding with this friction before, but I don't want to continue riding with it. Grease helps to a certain extent, but what else could I do? I just got really excited to see everything spin so well when I was testing my new bearings out, only to have my dreams ruined by this oh so significant* piece.
*I know that without a proper dust cap I will be back to replacing the bearings in three months, but the significance is questionable.