I have a Torker bike. It largely works well for my commuting. I frequently take the front wheel off the bike and put it back. Usually it works fairly well, despite me not being an expert on anything.
Recently though, while riding the bike keeps making an awful grinding, clicking, some some funny noise. So I google a bit:
a) It happens all the time.
b) Yes, even when not pedaling.
c) I disconnected the brake pads and spun the wheel, making sure the brake pads weren't touching. Noise still persisted.
d) Brake pads still disconnected, bike completely stationary, lifted bike off ground and spun wheel. Noise still persisted.
e) Took wheel off. Spun just the axle? by hand. I think the noise still persisted (It sounded very similar).
f) Put a little oil on the axle, just the exposed metal bits and lubed it a little. Nope.
g) Put the wheel back, carefully aligned it and locked the quick-release again and tried. Nope. Noise still there.
So what's wrong? Has the axle or hub? (is that what its called) gone bad? Is there anything I can do to fix this myself? I'd love to learn how to fix it - before taking it to my LBS. But if its something too hard or expensive...do let me know.