I took my old, filthy bike apart to clean it up. I have never done this before!
When I took the front wheel bearings out, I ended up retrieving 9 from one side and 10 from the other.
It seems like logically there are a few explanations:
- There were actually 10 each side but I dropped one without noticing.
- It's designed to have a different number on each side.
- It's not designed to have a different number on each side, but the bike shop put it together wrong and I've somehow got away with it over the years.
I honestly think I was being super careful and that it's not (1), but I'm prepared to accept it could be that if the others are impossible!
And I guess in practical terms, what I really need to know is ... should I put it back together with 9 on one side, or should I buy some new bearings so I have 10 each side? I think I read somewhere that 10 each side is standard for a front wheel.