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Loose Bearings?(5 posts)

Loose Bearings?4bykn
Oct 20, 2002 1:48 PM
Where does one buy loose bearings, and what sizes are needed? There is an industrial bearing distributor in town, do these businesses sell to the general public?
re: Loose Bearings?wilsonc
Oct 20, 2002 2:02 PM
If these are for general bike things like hubs, bottom brackets, headsets, etc, you could go to your local bike store. They should have all the sizes necessary.
for the sizes, a quick google search turned up:

under "common bearing sizes/counts"

wilson Grade 25, Stainless (nm)TFerguson
Oct 20, 2002 3:09 PM
Bearing supply houseKerry
Oct 20, 2002 3:38 PM
Many bike shops sell pretty inferior bearings as replacements. The bearing supply stores generally do sell to the public (call and ask?) though you may have to buy more than just a dozen, but each supply house will have its own approach. The lower the grade number, the better the bearings (the grade is the limit of deviation from the stated size = Grade 10 means the bearings are within 10 microns of the nominal size). In my experience, better bearings mean longer lasting components and lower friction.
$2.90/100 last time I checked www.loosescrewsSilverback
Oct 21, 2002 7:42 AM
It's been a few months, but they sell bags of 100 in all bike-friendly sizes for $2.90 per 100. Bike shops usually carry them, too, but one here in town charges 10 cents per ball. That's not a big deal even if you're doing the whole bike, but it sort of irritates me after all the money I've spent there.