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Dont let this happen to you through bad bicycle maintenance

We recently had Grant Bull from Avantiplus, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia send us this doozie of a repair.

Here's how it went down...

Customer comes in with a wonky "Big Box" bike wheel and says...

Can you drop a couple of ball bearings into this wheel for me.......

- Customer, one ride away from a face plant


Badly worn axle
The result of making bad decisions

Looks like the following had happened:

  1. Wheel comes loose...... ignore it.
  2. Bearings fall out........... ignore it.
  3. Hub wears its way through axle spindle..ignore it.
  4. Hub starts to wear through Q/R skewer..better see if the bike shop knows why it's noisy and hard to ride and steer?

It had about one more trip left before it parted company with the cycle. Lesson? Tighten those loose bearings (5c each) before it costs you $75.00 for a new wheel.

Ready to Snap Quick Release
Badly worn QR skewer ready to snap.


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Open uri20140602 23803 11590et?1401678761Author: Dax Neech
Dax has a long history with Bikes, starting racing BMX at a young age and currently having a strong interest in Mountain Biking and Road racing. He has worked in a range of bike shops as Management, Sales and a Mechanic.

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