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Old 03-04-14, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
It's hard to predict when an axle will break, but once they do, you'll get what sounds like a bottom bracket creak when you pedal hard.
Sometimes they remain dead quiet even after breaking. A friend's late 80's Trek with a 6-speed freewheel broke the rear axle on a Maillard hub and we never discovered it until he had a flat tire and we removed the wheel to repair it. The drive-side axle stub was obviously very loose so we fixed the flat and very carefully reinstalled the wheel just to get us home. No prior warning at all.
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