Is it easy to clean and grease the bearings on a back-pedal brake bike?
July 28, 2012 10:31 AM Subscribe
Can I grease the bearings in a wheel with a back-pedal brake without wrecking the whole thing?
posted by nevan to Technology (7 answers total)
I have an old Dutch bike that I bought for cheap. I just replaced the tire on the back it a fancy new Schalwbe one. I noticed that the wheel doesn't turn smoothly. It feels like the inside is pretty gummed up. I just greased the front wheel and I know enough about bike maintenance to do that easily.
My problem is that the back wheel has a back-pedal brake (a coaster brake). I'm wondering if I open it up will all sorts of parts spring out, ruining my bike? I know that back-pedal brakes aren't easy to mess about with and I don't want to try cleaning it. But can I get at the wheel bearings by just unscrewing the axle nuts, or should I just leave the whole thing alone?