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Old 06-26-09, 11:14 AM   #1
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If your bike feels slow, repack your hubs!

Just did this for the first time yesterday and my bike feels like its brand new!

It did take me most of the day though (first time).

Commuting on a bike is dirty business.
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Old 06-26-09, 11:19 AM   #2
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How long had it been since you'd repacked the hubs? (Or, alternatively, how old is the bike?)
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Old 06-26-09, 11:35 AM   #3
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Haven't repacked my hubs in about 10 years.

Bike feels fast.

Just sayin'
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Old 06-26-09, 11:35 AM   #4
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I agree that hubrepacking is the quickest approximation to that new-bike smell.
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Old 06-27-09, 04:21 PM   #5
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It's probably about time I looked into doing this as well. Thanks for the prompt.
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Old 06-27-09, 04:28 PM   #6
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I'm having problems understanding this... does this imply that a wheel can last ten years? Wow. Like, wow.
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Old 06-27-09, 08:27 PM   #8
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I'm having problems understanding this... does this imply that a wheel can last ten years? Wow. Like, wow.
what's hard to understand?
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Old 06-27-09, 08:49 PM   #9
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Usually when my bike feels slow it's because I've been eating too much pizza.
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I would wonder if you didn't just get the bearings tightened less or something- it shouldn't feel that much different.

Lots of wheels last way more than 10 years. Look at all the old bikes from 30, 40, 50 years ago- probably the majority of them have the original wheels. Maybe they weren't used continuously the whole time, but they're there.
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When my bicycle starts to feel slow, I repack my lunch box. LOL
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Whats's a "hub"?
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Whats's a "hub"?
You can plug a bunch of USB devices into a hub. Do not grease the hub.
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Old 06-28-09, 08:23 AM   #14
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Old 06-28-09, 08:48 AM   #15
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Does anyone use Synthetic Grease?

Been thinking of overhauling my 20+ yr Raleigh with nothing but Synthetic's. It hasn't seen the road in that long also.
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Old 06-28-09, 09:14 AM   #16
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Usually when my bike feels slow it's because I've been eating too much pizza.
Just the opposite for me. When my bike feels slow, it's almost always because I haven't eaten enough.
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You should xpost this to the 30 year clunker thread. Those old bikes always need some grease.
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Old 06-28-09, 03:43 PM   #18
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Don't even need to repack the bearings most of the time. Often, simply adjusting them properly makes a world of difference. Usually, out of the box, most hubs are too tight.
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How much would an LBS charge to repack my hubs on my 20 year old bike
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no, this is a hub:
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Old 06-28-09, 07:28 PM   #21
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my lbs did my hub once standing up with one hand in 5 minutes and charged me very little. iI suppose someone else might charge $15
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If I can life my wheel and spin it, and it keeps going for a minute and doesn't make any noise, somehow I doubt that there's anything wrong with the bearings that I could possibly notice while riding.
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Old 06-29-09, 05:15 AM   #23
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when I wash my car it drives so much more smoothly. really!

but seriously this is regular maintenance, and it's a good idea to check your cone adjustment.

changed my kids tires this weekend and discovered one wheel on each bike where the cones were too tight. one wheel was so tight I think it would have been noticable to have ridden it before and after the adjustment.
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Old 06-29-09, 08:54 AM   #24
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so some of you are being a little critical, so i will explain myself a bit more.

i have a 4 year old Gary Fisher lower-end mountain bike i have been trying to commutify for the past year.

i've had semi-regular tune-ups on it since i bought it, but have been getting more into doing the maintence myself (especially since my roommate is a big bike buff).

i added new tires and switched out the fork on the bike. it helped a little bit, but it still felt sluggish.

one day my roommate picked up my bike and spun its wheels. compared to his bikes, it was obvious that the moving parts on my bikes all had a significant amount of resistance that were keeping it slow.

last week i spent a whole day cleaning and repacking the bearings in my wheels and it made a PHENOMENAL difference.

after lurking on this forum for over a year now, i just want to share what i feel is a neglected and easy solution to "commutifying" a bicycle (proper maintenance).
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Old 06-29-09, 09:11 AM   #25
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no, this is a hub:
If you've ever ridden behind one, you know it's not a hub - it's a beehive.
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