11th January 2012

Worked from home today 🙂

I started work early and went out for a lunch time pedal, as it’s not possible for me to fit 40 miles in 2 hours at this time of the year I shortened the ride to 30 miles 🙂

The Garmin had the ride as 30.18 miles in 1 hour 51 minutes with an average speed of 16.3 mph, route here…

My replacement bearings for my Tacx Antares rollers arrived today from SimplyBearings, the rollers had started to make an unbearable noise, and thanks to Tony I was able to order six off the shelf replacement bearings 🙂

It was a simple enough job to replace them…

I unscrewed all of the bolts…

Then removed each roller, butting a bolt back into one end of the shaft, so I could tap it with a hammer and not damage the shaft 🙂

A few light taps and the shaft pushed the bearing out 🙂

Then turn it all around and screw the bolt in the other side and tap it to push the second bearing out.

Then unpack the new bearings…

Place one in and tap it home, insert the shaft and place it all over a socket on the floor.

Then slide the second bearing over the shaft and tap it home with a second socket.

Repeat for the remaining two rollers, then re-assemble 🙂

Before I cooked tea I had a quick 45 minute session on the rollers, the end result was a happy buzzing noise instead of the rather upsetting chainsaw noise previously experienced 🙂

The computer had the roller session as 16.84 miles in 45 minutes with an average speed of  22.4 mph and an average cadence of 97 rpm.

I have decided to buy a new bike for Paris – Roubaix, I have settled on a Genesis – Croix De Fer,  It ticks all of the boxes, steel frame, steel forks, disk brakes, the only downside I can see is White Frame (Why on earth would anybody want a white frame for off road?)…

I was thinking about a Cotic -X but the Bike radar review gave it a slating, and it looks like mudguard fitting may have been an issue.

Now I have made my mind up I want it NOW!!! unfortunately I have to save some pennies first 🙁 I am hoping to get it for the end of Feb so I can use it for a month before Paris – Roubaix

I also intend getting a GoPro camera for Paris – Roubaix, not sure about GoPro HD Hero 960 or GoPro HD Hero, I don’t really need 1080 HD video but I like the idea of an extra battery and potential use of the rear expansion port, but not sure if I want to spend the extra wonga!

But bike comes first, and if I have the cash camera comes second!

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9 Responses to 11th January 2012

  1. Rafe says:

    The big adventure store in Swindon have all the gopro cameras if you want advice etc. Am sure I can convince Jason to give you a good deal too.

  2. Richard says:

    Hi John

    Great post I too have an annoying squeak on my tacx rollers which is spoiling my enjoyment of training on them.

    Can you confirm the exact bearings you used?

    Kindest regards Richard

  3. John says:

    Hello Richard…According to my receipt from Simply Bearings I ordered… 6 x 62002ZC3 Metal Shielded Deep Groove Ball Bearing 10x30x9mm
    And the link is…here…

  4. Richard says:

    Thanks ordered hope to be back up and spinning without squeaking by the weekend.

    Cheers Richard

  5. Bruce says:

    Thanks a lot for this – replaced the bearings as per your spec and have had 30+ hrs of unrattling rollers. Cheers!

  6. Sean says:

    Thanks for this really useful info and the link to Simply Bearings. It was a straightforward job but I wouldn’t have had a clue about it if I hadn’t stumbled across your post.

  7. Paul says:

    Thank you so much. Between my Wahoo kickr sounding like a plane taking off and my Galaxia rollers sounding like a train crossing points I was getting tired of noisy cycling indoors. Just ordered the bearings, the link was very convenient. I have taken the opportunity to give them a mini service too and reseated the original bearings whilst I wait for the new ones using the hammer and a socket method. Love precision engineering. lets see how it goes.
    Thanks again.

  8. Strong Cheng says:

    Thank you very much for posting this. I purchased Antares rollers three years ago and the loud noise kept me from using it. I came across this post that lead me to take the bearings out and tried to deal with the problems. I found no fault in the bearings, but the PVC end caps that housing the bearings is not tight enough that caused the bearing to make small movements that created the loud noise. I used thread lock in between the end cap housing and the bearing outer ring and installed the bearing and axle (shaft). I did make sure the bearings are pushed in till there is no play when rocking the axle (shaft) left and right. I then put a metal washer (5/16″ hole enlarged to fit snugly to the shaft) on the outside between the roller and the railing and then tightened up the screws. The washer is not touching the outer part of bearing that rotate with the roller body as the center part that bond to the axle (shaft), and serves as a lock knob that keeps bearing in the right place. No more noise. Period.

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