One of my my rear bearings called it quits last week after a
particularly bouncy stretch. I managed to baby the bike back to
the car, but even that was dicey.
Same ritual as last time: pull the hub apart and replace the
The toughest part was getting the bearing races off the hub and
axle. I pulled the outer myself using a hammer and a paint can
opener, but had to get help from the local bike shop for the
I managed to destroy one of the new bearings trying to install it,
and mangle a pall spring while re-mounting the freehub. Luckily,
one of the old bearings was still usable, and I salvaged an old
pall spring from the freehub I replaced back in August. (Old parts
aren't garbage, they're spares!) So I was back in
business for a ride after work on Friday.
- Buy a bearing puller. (Done.)
- Have spares in the garage, especially when they're cheap.
- When buying parts for a repair, assume you'll break one of
Friday's ride went great... until I got stuck behind a horse at
Laguna Lake. I mentally switched gears, reminded myself that I've
(almost) never just barely hit
my target time, and rolled along at a slow walking pace for a
couple of minutes until it was safe to pass.
Final time: 50:34.
I'm going to call that a success with the added bonus of maybe
been a good ambassador for mountain biking.