Been dragging my feet but finally got cone wrenches. Rainy day yesterday, so i popped the hubs on my thrift-store bike.
The bike is a 1994 Specialized Hardrock with (I believe) the original wheels.
Front hub is a Joy Tech 94A. The easily-removeable cone is scored, everything else is OK (needs new balls of course). Easy match with Wheels Mfg Part CN-R086, available for $6 from Niagara. Bag-o-balls another $3.
Rear hub not so easy. Freehub says Shimano Alivio Parallax FH-M010 VIA, On this hub the drive-side cone is scored, everything else is OK. (needs new balls of course)
I cannot find this hub listed on the WheelsMfg site. Niagara sells a "Shimano Alivio cone kit" for $88 which is out of the question.
Since the scored cone is on the drive side, it is seemingly locked to the axle. I am unable to break it free using a cone wrench and a regular wrench--I haven't exerted real gorilla force because the cone wrench doesn't seem like it could handle a lot without deforming. I don't have access to a vise and don't currently own vise grips, although buying the latter would not be out of the question.
It sounds to me like this is a job for the lbs. There's one that's been in business at the same location since 1911, so I'm sure they could fix me up. However, when I was young and stupid, they charged me $30 for the very cheapest crankset for this bike. When I got home I found that I could buy the exact same crankset from Niagara for $9.95. I'm not eager to go back to these guys.
What do you think would be a fair charge for the lbs to remedy the rear hub cone problem and provide the front hub cone? (and balls)
If it's a lot, I'm thinking I'd probably be better off just slathering on a lot of grease and rebuilding the 2 hubs as is, torqueing them on the loose side, and running the bike as is until stuff comes on sale in Autumn, then replace the wheels.
What do you think?
Edit: The rims are ARAYA Japan 26x1.5 HE AP-21. The spokes look galvanized to me, although they could be corroded stainless.