How do bearings go missing? Recently, I went for a long ride, and on the way back noted a strange noise and grinding sensation in the front. I experimented with various possibilities, pinned it down to the wheel, and determined it felt like missing bearings.
At home, I took the wheel off, opened up the hub and there were two missing. So, easy fix, off to B&P Cycle, bought some bearings and grease, and fixed the problem. The bike rolls fine now. Happy ending.
However, I got to thinking. I store the bike hanging from the ceiling in the shed, due to space limitations, and I've started to wonder if hanging the bike puts any stress on the wheel that could account for this. Any opinions are welcome. Thanks.