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    wheel bearing question

    Looking to replace the bearings on a set of 2008 HED Ardennes C2 wheels. Looking for stainless bearings. To this point, I have learned that I need the following:

    2 X 6901 (front wheel)
    3 X 6802 (rear wheel)
    1 X 1526 (freewheel?)

    Two questions:
    1. What do the numbers for each of the above bearings mean/indicate?
    2. How does one find and purchase such bearingsto get the best price on good bearings?

    Thanks for any ideas and for your time and consideration.

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    The number is the 'bearing trade number', which is a mostly standardized designation that identifies bearings for their size.

    Good place to procure them is Carr-McMaster.

    Here's the page with your #6901:http://www.mcmaster.com/#ball-and-ro...arings/=1z5swp
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    Look in your phone book under "Bearings". If you have a Grainger, McMaster-Carr or other specific bearing supplier in town, take the old bearings to them and get a match.

    Be careful what you ask for since bearings come in a variety of ABEC grades from 1 to 9 and the higher number grades can be very costly and overkill for bicycle use. Typically ABEC Grade 5 is more than good enough.

    I know someone who told the counter guy "give me the best you have" and was shocked at the cost.

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