How often do wheel bearings need serviced

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Tim Kirby
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I’m riding a 3 year old Giant hybrid with somewhere in the neighborhood of 2500 miles on it. I have yet to service the wheel bearings and am wondering how often they should be cleaned, regreased, etc.


Chris Mayhew
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There’s not so much a service interval as an “as needed” basis. Cars are pretty well sealed up so it’s easy to specify a service interval. Bikes are not so well sealed up so you may be able to go the whole summer with no work but every other month in winter.

Take the wheel out and spin the axle by hand. Does it feel rough or notchy? If so, time for service. Also be aware that a lot of wheels now have sealed bearings so it may be a matter of replacement and not service.


Tim Kirby
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Thanks Mayhew. I’ll give the wheel a spin as you suggest

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