Originally Posted by EnderTheX
Anyone got tips on how to check your bearings?
I'm pretty sure I have the basics down... spin wheel and listen to bearings, get wheel off and spin bearings by hand, check for grainy feel and noise, observe for damage.
If someone has a nifty technique or something I missed let me know, I will be going on a long ride before taking the wheel off to check...
Unless the bearings are really shot, you're probably not going to feel them going bad by spinning the wheel. Can't really hear them either with the chain and such.
Best is to spin them by hand and feel for any grittyness, or looseness.
I've never had a wheel bearing disintegrate on me, but I have caught several sets going bad while changing tires.