The Quick How-To Guide
We won't waste your time by providing you with a long, unnecessary guide on bearings. Here is the simple "How-to" with your fixie's bearings.
- Keep your wheel suspended -- Use a repair stand or hang your bike from the ceiling to get your wheels off the ground.
- Press your ear against the front of the seat.
- Spin the components and listen carefully. If you hear a smooth, even sound, your fixie bike is in excellent condition. If it sounds loud and/or uneven, your bearings will be in need of fixing or replacement.
- Shift the smallest sprocket near the bottom bracket bearing to eliminate the chain and chainring from making sounds.
- Remove the chain from the front wheel to hear the rear bearings more efficiently.
- Headset bearings make virtually no noise. If you hear noise, they will need a replacement
The Process is Simple
Fixed gear bikes are by far the simplest of all bikes to check for performance issues. Use this YouTube video for a quick visual tutorial.
Video Credits: Expertvillage