I am pretty new to bicycle maintenance. I've replaced brake cables, and patched tubes, but not much else. This week my plan was to clean up my back hub, because the wheel hadn't been turning as smoothly as it should. It felt like I was riding with my brakes on, and I couldn't find anything else wrong with it.
When I removed the skewer, the axle came out with it, and the bearings started falling out. This was completely unexpected, since it didn't happen the last time I took removed the skewer, and I hadn't ridden since then. At this point, I'm not sure how to approach the issue. So, here is what I'm asking:
- What is the best way to tell whether the hub or axle is damaged? ** Edit: The axle is broken. I didn't notice before, but when I went to take pictures, I could see it. (Pictures didn't take well, though) Should I assume there is other damage to the hub that I haven't noticed?
- Should I be able to repack the hub with new bearings, or do I need to replace the cartridges entirely? ** Edit: At this point, it looks like I should replace the whole wheel, as suggested.
I can tell that the skewer is slightly bent, and I think that is why it pulled the axle out, but the axle shouldn't have been that loose. I'm guessing that the damage to the skewer was done when I had trouble putting the wheel back on the frame.
This same issue happened to this bike five years ago, and a shop repaired it, but my deal with that shop has long since expired.