Would you like to learn more about bicycle hubs?
The hub is a crucial component that houses and allows the rotation of the axle. There are different types of hubs, including those with simple metal cylinder bushings and those consisting of various components that create a cohesive unit.
In cycling, hubs can be classified based on the type of bearings they use, either ball bearings or sealed bearings. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, in the world of cycling, sealed bearings are preferred as they tend to stay cleaner compared to ball bearing systems, although they may be slightly heavier. It's important to note that there are hubs designed specifically for the front wheel and others for the rear wheel. The main distinction is that front wheel hubs are not connected to the bicycle's cassette, whereas rear wheel hubs are.
Another crucial aspect for cyclists is that hubs can be easily loosened for necessary repairs such as changing a tire or replacing brake pads. That's why hubs are equipped with a small crank mechanism that allows for easy tightening with sufficient force to prevent accidents.