I’m on call this weekend, which means no real extended time on the bike. So I decided to give my folding bike some love, and do some work on it. What prompted me to do this, was while on a bike ride to grab breakfast at Noah’s NY Bagels, I noticed the rear was going a little wibbly-wobbly … no it’s not timey wimey .. ha, I got a Doctor Who reference in there!
So I get the rear wheel off … no quick release levers here … just old fashioned nut on a threaded axle … Wow that was a pain to get off. On closer inspection, what do I find … Suntour … Suntour? Wow, do I even have a tool that can remove this?
Actually, it’s the same shape as the shimano cassette, and I was able to get that off, with no problem. I spun the wheel, and it didn’t feel like it was rolling very smoothly … so taking the axle apart, I find this does not have sealed bearings … ugh, how did we maintain our bikes before sealed bearings?
I go ahead and clean out the bearings, put it back together, and what do you know … I misplaced a couple of balls. All the preparation in the world, and you still manage to lose them. Quick run to the LBS, getting a nice set of replacement ball bearings, and I’m ready to go. After re-packing them, I found the missing ball bearings … it was inside the axle of the wheel. I guess I didn’t poke it enough to find it.
The challenge in doing this (something I haven’t done in a long time) is remembering which part goes where. This took a lot longer than it normally would, but I don’t mind … this is all just to spend some time away, while I’m on call. The only drawback is, if I get a call, I’ve got greasy grimy hands. Luckily, no one called while I was maintaining the bike.
So that’s how my exciting weekend is being spent … how about yours?