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    jmiller
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    Front wheel bearing grit?

    I am playing with a yard sale special, (a Viscount) as a learning opportunity on bike mechanics.. in the inital inspection, the front wheel bearings do not operate smoothly. It has a quick release front hub. what is the best way to proceed, and will I be able to get parts for it (at a "local" bike shop 30 miles away) with out making 3 trips to get the correct parts.

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    cab horn
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    Do a front hub overhau. If the races are destroyed then you need a new hub, if not new bearings and grease.
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    At a minimum you will need new bearing balls and suitable grease. Most front hubs use ten 3/16" balls per side and a good white lithium (any auto parts store) grease is fine. Phil Grease is specifically sold for bicycle bearings and works very well. It's pricy in small tubes but you don't use much anyway.

    You will also need a cone wrench and probably an open end wrench for the lock nuts. Take a look at Park Tools' web site for a tutorial on hub overhaul before you procede.

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