Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
Originally Posted by cranky old dude
I developed a ticking sound a couple hundred miles ago. I really hoped it was my front wheel as I'm still a BB Virgin! Turned out to be the wheel.
When I got it apart I found that a ball bearing had been left out by who(m)ever serviced it last. That's the side with the slightly worn cone, the race looks O.K. I have lotsa spare balls (leave it alone) in the basement from bikes I've cannabalized, so I replaced the missing one and slapped it back together as best as I could with my inadequately fat cone wrench.
Watch out for those bearings-once they get a bit worn you can fit an extra one in the race-------And yes I did this in my early days. Cost me a new hub.
But the balls are cheap enough- I always keep a packet of each size in my spares box and I NEVER put a new one- or a used one- into an existing set. I either leave alone or fit a complete new set.
And Cone wrenches- For years I used a cheap set I bought in my early days. They got used for various other nuts- funny how I can never find the right size proper spanner but the cone wrenches fitted. Rounded them off and a couple of years ago I bought a complete set of Park wrenches at as much for one spanner as I initially paid for the complete set. In fact as anyone building a hub will realise- I bought two of each size as that is what you need. Cost as much as a wheel but good tools are worth it.
Only problem is---I haven't used them since as most of my hubs have complete bearings fitted.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.