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    Where to buy loose ball bearings

    Is there a good place to buy affordable loose ball bearings in quantities of, say 100-200?

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    Either at an LBS, or google "bearing supply house" in your city.

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    There's also several vendors on eBay that carry just about any ball bearing you could want, in whatever quantity you need, for a reasonable price.
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    Bike Tools Etc is a good internet/mail order supplier: Bike Tools Etc. - 1000's of bicycle tools and parts for the home mechanic!

    Buy Grade 25 balls in whatever sizes and numbers you want. Grainger, McMasters-Carr and other industrial supply houses also sell suitable bearing balls if you have one locally.

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    Some hardware stores carry them.

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    You can order them from Amazon.
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    You want Online .. I went to an Industrial Bearing supply company when I lived in Eugene OR.

    Columbus OH certainly has those suppliers ..

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    I have bought bearings here numerous times. I order online, then pick-up, as they are close to my office. I have no idea as to their shipping cost.

    Ball Bearings online:Buy VXB bearing online
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    I have bought bearings here numerous times. I order online, then pick-up, as they are close to my office. I have no idea as to their shipping cost.

    Ball Bearings online:Buy VXB bearing online
    +1 for vxb.com. amazon and eBay can work. Buy grade 25.

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    I'm interested in buying some myself, but when I think about all the possible sizes it makes me very nervous I never had to change ball bearings on any of my bikes. I maintenance them regularly, so I guess it keeps them in good shape, and there is no need for replacement...so far..so far lol
    It blew my mind when I learned that same hub may have 2 different sizes. I don't have caliper to check the diameter...that may the biggest reason why I'm so nervous when it comes to ball bearings
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    Quote Originally Posted by lopek77 View Post
    I don't have caliper to check the diameter...that may the biggest reason why I'm so nervous when it comes to ball bearings
    You can buy "good enough" calipers for not much money. Useful for all kinds of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lopek77 View Post
    I'm interested in buying some myself, but when I think about all the possible sizes it makes me very nervous I never had to change ball bearings on any of my bikes. I maintenance them regularly, so I guess it keeps them in good shape, and there is no need for replacement...so far..so far lol
    It blew my mind when I learned that same hub may have 2 different sizes. I don't have caliper to check the diameter...that may the biggest reason why I'm so nervous when it comes to ball bearings
    Why not buy a caliper?

    I bought one that measures to something like 0.0005" for (I think) $30.
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    Park sells a ruler (SBC-1) that lets you measure spoke length, chain stretch and has holes to determine bearing ball and cotter pin sizes. It's very useful for measuring what size bearing balls your particular component has and for sorting out the occasional spills.

    BTW, for Shimano hubs the fronts are a 3/16" and the rears are 1/4" almost without exception. Campy hubs are 5/32" front and rear.

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