Make your wheel bearings last longer

Give your hub the grease it deserves

Get the best out of your wheel bearings

Are you looking to prolong the life of your wheel bearings? Haynes’ top mechanic Chaz Curry has a tip for you.

Many modern wheels use cartridge bearings, which weren’t designed specifically with bikes in mind. As a result, they sometimes only contain a small amount of grease, meaning they aren’t as resistant to wear and water ingress as they could be.

Curry suggests prying off your hub bearings’ seals and filling the bearings with a good quality grease. Watch our video to see how it’s done.

Want to learn more about fixing your bike? BikeRadar has teamed up with Haynes to release The Road Bike Manual app for iOS and Android, a comprehensive guide to maintaining your bicycle. Get it on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Matthew Allen

Senior Technical Writer, UK
Former bike mechanic, builder of wheels, hub fetishist and lover of shiny things. Likes climbing a lot, but not as good at it as he looks.
  • Discipline: Road, with occasional MTB dalliances
  • Preferred Terrain: Long mountain climbs followed by high-speed descents (that he doesn't get to do nearly often enough), plus scaring himself off-road when he outruns his skill set.
  • Current Bikes: Scott Addict R3 2014, Focus Cayo Disc 2015, Niner RLT 9
  • Dream Bike: Something hideously expensive and custom with external cables and a threaded bottom bracket because screw you bike industry.
  • Beer of Choice: Cider, please. Thistly Cross from Scotland
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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