I've got an old junker I use as my around town bike, it's a schwinn hardtail mtb. As much as I love it, it was never a super stable bike but at a certain point it's wobble was too much to take. Looking closer as I was getting to remove the freewheel a section of the axle fell out along with many bearings. I had apparently been riding on a broken axle for a while :/
I picked up some replacement bearings and found another axle and did an ok job cleaning the old gunk out. I packed it with grease and pushed in the new bearings but had a hell of a time sliding the axle in without knocking the bearings out of position (like into the hollow center section of the hib!)
My question to you is - what's the beat way to repack a cone/loose bearing style hub? What's the secret? In hindsight it seems like I might have put the axle in first, then th grease, bearings then the cones. Still not sure if it would work this way though.