I'd been riding around with something wrong with my rear axle for a week or two.
I took the wheel off today and had the LBS take the freewheel off. (my mom took down the workbench and put the washer and dryer there, so I don't have a bench vise anymore).
I discovered there were only eight bearings in the race on the right side. The left had the full nine bearings.
I bought nine new bearings. I went to the next town and bought a can of WD40 at the hardware store, and cleaned the axle/threads.
I went to the bike pro chop in Oyster Bay (where I bought the bike five years ago) and bought a plastic hub protector to replace the broken one (also).
I paid twelve dollars for a Sedis - Sport chain.
I went back to my mom's house. repacked the bearings with Phil Wood waterproof grease.
Discovered the Sedis Sport chain wasn't long enough.
Nearing closing time, I went to the LBS (not the pro-shop), and asked for a chain.
The only chain they had was the SRAM, for $32 thirty two dollars!
I paid $32, checked to make sure the chain had the SAME NUMBER of LINKS-
(old chain was stretched, so it was longer, but had the same number of links)
And I put the SRAM chain on my bike, using the enclosed Power Link.
My question: Are these SRAM Power Links reliable?
It just goes on with ease, I wonder if it will fall off with ease, maybe while back-pedaling?