How to Rebuild and Repair a Wheel Bearing on a Bicycle

June 21st, 2013 by admin

This tutorial will show you how to correctly maintain and repair the wheel bearings on bikes. I hope this video is helpful for you. If you have any questions…



  1. cjhoyle says:

    At home I use White Lithium Grease. In this video I’m using the stuff they have at the shop. It really doesn’t matter as long as you aren’t mixing two different types of grease together (which you won’t be doing if you wipe everything clean before adding the new grease).

  2. cjhoyle says:

    I really don’t have an estimate of how often it needs to be done, it really depends on a lot of factors. For example, the bearings will need new grease sooner if they are exposed to a dusty environment, or road salt. Also certain bearing sets might be better protected than others. I just follow the steps in this tutorial any time that I can feel that the wheel isn’t rolling smoothly or I hear noises. I also redo everything any time that I can feel the cones have become loose. Hope this helps!

  3. Akash Ananthaswamy says:

    thanks, its a great video. cheers 🙂

  4. Sarah Adams says:

    My wheel on my bike is wobling even the the axle is tighly done up, my brother says that i need new wheel barings, is that the case?

  5. BdotWizzle says:

    Hello, do you know of anything i can use in place of freewheel tool?

  6. Pong Chongpanit says:

    My rear bearing cup is worn down. How to fix it? Do I have to replace a wheel hub? Can I fix it without replacing a wheel hub because I think it is not easy to set up the spokes.

  7. Dragos Chihaia says:

    well i would recommend to get a new one and if you do get one on bearings they have a really long life if you don’t use your bike for extreme sports such as dirt jumping or street they are a bit more expesive but you will feel a whole new level of quality a good one and cheap one is novatech

  8. Dragos Chihaia says:

    sorry Novatec .. not novatech  anyway

  9. mcconnjp says:

    Hey Cj, Is it necessary to remove the Cassette in order to replace a snapped rear axle?

    I want to buy an axle myself and install it however, the guy in my bike shop told me that the Cassette needed to be removed before a new quick release axle be installed. I havn’t got the tool, and don’t want any unnecessary expense.

  10. cjhoyle says:

    Please refer to my video titled “How to Replace a Wheel Axle on a Bicycle”. 🙂
    Somebody else asked the same question as you in the comments section of that video, and I have provided an answer there.

  11. bleuify7 says:

    great video, very clear explanation, Thanks

  12. John Oconnor says:

    Excellent video cj. Wish I had watched it before taking my road bike wheel apart!

  13. Isaac Tennant says:

    Hello mate, the hub on my 24seven wheel has got these things poking out of either side where your “cups” should sit, not sure how to lace this onto the axle…been puzzled for a while now! haha thanks in advance!

  14. 01sigh says:

    how different will a quick release mechanism be?

  15. cjhoyle says:

    It’s basically the same. Just remove your quick release skewer, and what you will be left with is the exact same setup except the axle is shorter, and there is a hole through the middle.

  16. Emlyn Price says:

    I have a problem of my hub breaking my skewer whenever I pedal forward and I don’t have a clue why it does it

  17. Dikotomii D says:

    Hey Cj, if the ball bearing or other related parts are found to be damaged where would one find parts to replace them. Do you order from a supplier online?

  18. cjhoyle says:

    I’ve never ordered bike parts online before, my advice is to just take whatever it is that you need to replace to your local bike shop and show it to them and ask if they can sell you a new one. If it’s a fairly common part, like a set of ball bearings, they will probably have it in stock, if not they can order it for you, which is normally pretty fast and you don’t have to pay shipping. I prefer this method because you can actually compare the old part to the new one before buying.

  19. russdadog says:

    Great video you break it down so is understood….thanks

  20. Kurt Crawford says:

    Hi I was just wondering if you could switch you hub bearings from unsealed bearings to sealed bearings?

  21. urilla12 says:

    A bit long winded but very informative. Thanks.

  22. ahmed alfareh says:

    Make one for bmx bikes

  23. jkea2013 says:

    6.10 it’s a vice grip

  24. jkea2013 says:

    Sorry I was wrong

  25. Feetandothers says:

    Very helpful I done it right this time and a