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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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    How long had it been since you'd repacked the hubs? (Or, alternatively, how old is the bike?)

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    Haven't repacked my hubs in about 10 years.

    Bike feels fast.

    Just sayin'

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    I agree that hubrepacking is the quickest approximation to that new-bike smell.

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    It's probably about time I looked into doing this as well. Thanks for the prompt.

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    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by meanwhile View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by supercycle62 View Post
    Whats's a "hub"?
    You can plug a bunch of USB devices into a hub. Do not grease the hub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supercycle62 View Post
    Whats's a "hub"?
    Bike riding Northern gentleman.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by capejohn View Post
    no, this is a hub:
    As long as I breathe, I attack.
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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
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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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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    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.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosso Corsa View Post
    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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