I recently got a record hubbed wheel-set very cheaply. Much to my dismay, the rear hub has some pitting on the cones and races and the axle is bent. This was a 126mm spaced hub and I understand this was a common problem. I re-spaced the hub to 120mm single speed configuration, and this seems to make the bent axle a little less noticeable.
I am a broke masters student, so my funds are very limited... I have the hub adjusted slightly loose, and it seems to be spinning pretty smoothly. My current philosophy has been to just 'ride it till it dies,' but it seems like a shame. Has anyone had experience with this/ suggestions?
1)I have access to a bunch of shimano style axles and cones. If the ball bearings are the same size, can I replace the whole axle assembly? From what I understand, only the thread-pitch is different between the Italian and Japanese standards. Will a japanese cone/bearing mate up with the italian races?
2)If I could find/afford a replacement axle, is it worth spending the money for a hub with some pits on the races? I've heard about the technique of polishing compound instead of grease, is this effective?
Any suggestions/advice appreciated!