Ok bike mechs - I need your help. Normally when I take something apart I take a picture of it to know how to put it back together, but this particular night over a month ago, well I thought I would take a picture "tomorrow" but of course life happened for a period of 5 weeks and I've now forgotten how this thing was put together.
It's a simple loose bearing "Hatta P3 H-3" bottom bracket off a Raleigh Technium...nearly identical to this one:
Ok, the bottom bracket is not hard to figure out. Here's a photo of the disassembled Hatta:
I didn't show the 22 loose (!) bearings in the photo because I didn't want to lose any.
1) Should I replace the loose bearings with a bearing+ring setup? I'm really on a super-tight budget, btw - this bike is just to be an office kept beater bike once (if) rebuilt.
2) Main question - Where do the little black plastic rings go? I'm guessing they fit on the pedal side of the spindle rings but on the inside of the threaded bracket cups..but I simply cannot get them to fit inside that hole. Do I even need these things? What are they?
3) Can I replace this entire setup with something like this?
or should I just reassemble this thing since I have it and it's fine other than being in pieces?
I will take pictures of disassembly next time !
Thanks for any help