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Old 10-03-2011, 01:52 PM
artcfartc artcfartc is offline
Motorized Bicycle Newbie
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Oak Cliff, TX (Dallas)
Posts: 6
Thumbs down My back wheel bearing exploded!

While driving my Op Cruiser home from work at about 30mph, my back wheel locked up. Thankfully I didn't eat it, and no-one was driving behind me. I'm also very lucky that my wife answered the phone and came to rescue me so I didn't have to carry my bike all the way home. I first thought that the chain had jammed, or the clutch had gone out, but no, one of the bearings in the back wheel exploded or melted (see pic). I had only been going 30mph off and on for about 10 minutes. Has this happened to anyone else?

I replaced the back wheel with a '60's Bendix brake cruiser wheel knowing that it would take more abuse, but I'm still a little scared of using my bike for transportation. Are there any more measures I should take to insure that this NEVER happens again?
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