Hey everyone, I was biking near Baltimore yesterday when my back wheel self-destructed. I'm a silly person myself - I've been hearing a strange crunching sound when going up hills, so I assumed it was something in the crankcase. It turns out that it was the bearings in the back wheel. Anyways, I was at least 5 miles from civilization in a nice wooded road when suddenly the resistance on my bike massively increased. I tried to bike further because I wanted to get closer to a town. Within about 200 feet, I realized that this was completely impossible since my back wheel was getting more and more wobbly. By the time I got off and tried to inspect it, the axle was far too hot to touch, there were metal filings everywhere, and there was about 1/8" of metal shaved off of one of the nuts. As it undid the nut, the ball bearings spilled out of the hub all over the road. I looked inside, and the track holding the ball bearings was completely bent out of shape. What a mess!
I admit that my bike is a cheap walmart bike. However, I didn't expect it to fail so spectacularly and without warning. Especially as I was about 20 miles away from home and in the middle of nowhere! I managed to call a friend to drive me home thankfully. However, now I'm sadly missing my bike, and wondering what I should do with it. Should I just buy a new one? I definitely don't have money for a nice one yet. Should I just buy a new rear wheel? Is there a way to fix the broken wheel, with a new set of ball bearings? What does everyone here think I should do?