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Old 07-05-06, 08:39 PM   #1
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Overhauled my first hub!

I am an awful bike mechanic: have lousy spatial thinking and am extremely clumsy. Yet despite this (and maybe partly because of it) I get a tremendous kick of working on my bikes and mastering any sort of mechanical skill. Gives me a hell of a sense of an accomplishment.

It seems just so recently I learned how to fix a flat... Then to get the chain on and off... Next came simple cable and brake adjustments, after that derailleur adjustments... Then I got a used bike with no cables or housing and actually routed all those things myself... And now this: my first overhauled hub. Actually, I am still in process of overhauling it (haven't reinstalled the innards yet - in fact, haven't gotten the new bearings yet), but the scariest part (actually taking it all apart) is over! Yee-ha!

I wonder if anybody else has similar feelings about bike mechanical work.
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Old 07-05-06, 09:10 PM   #2
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Yes. I used to worry how much it would cost to fix.Then I started doing the little things. Now, i do it all.

It sounds like you're well on your way to mechanical independence!
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Yes. I used to worry how much it would cost to fix.Then I started doing the little things. Now, i do it all.
I've had a couple of bad experiences with bike shop repair work a while back. That helped me decide to try to do things myself. Not to mention the fact that I can't justify paying more money for a tune-up of my beater than I paid for the bike itself.

I haven't been to a bike shop for repairs for over a year. Partly that's because I, fortunately, haven't had any serious bike troubles. We'll see how it goes.
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Congradulations, now buy Phil Wood hubs so you won't have to overhaul them.
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Congradulations, now buy Phil Wood hubs so you won't have to overhaul them.
But overhauls are fun!
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I just did my first hub overhaul a couple nights ago. Something I learned from the experience: If your garage has a gravel floor, do the hub overhaul somewheres else. Gravel eats bearings for breakfast.
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Overhaul #1 is fun, overhaul #279 is not fun. That's why people pay other people to do it (or pay extra for sealed bearings hubs).
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Overhaul #1 is fun, overhaul #279 is not fun.
Agreed. Around overhaul #279 I might get tired of it. But I probably won't live that long given how rarely I do maintenance work on my bikes.
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