First post and LOVE this site. I just tore apart my BB and the drive side bearing cage had opened up and all the balls were loose. Where does one find a replacement bearing set?
Attached is a photo of the bearings with the left side race and lockring (same bearings on rt side)
There are alot of places you can look, but check with your local bike shop first. Make sure you have all the info on your bike before visiting them. Next, if you are decently schooled on the sizes you could try eBay. (Don't get used stuff as people do sell used ones!). Other option is Amazon.com and other sites like that. I am sure there are others here with really good suggestions (maybe better then my own lol) to add. Just out of curiosity what Make/Model and year is your Bicycle?
Also welcome to the site,
Good maintenance to your Bike, can make it like the wheels are, true and smooth!
If you have trouble getting replacements, there are 2 options.
If the spindle and cup bearing surfaces are still in good condition.
You could replace your broken race with loose balls.
The traditional BB has 11 (eleven) 1/4" balls each side.
Check that the balls are 1/4".
You fit them as you would the wheel spindles.
Fit an equivalent sealed BB. You would need to confirm the size required and should be available at your local bike shop. (LBS)
But will be a lot more expensive than purchasing 22 balls for option "1".
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You can get just about any part you need/want at this place http://www.BikePartsUSA.com
I use this place a lot.
My dad always told me a Sledge a matic can fix any thing.
This is a bog standard bb, any lbs should have them on the shelf at about £6 to £10 for the kit excluding the axle, about another £5 to £10, which you should also replace at the same time, take your old one with you as there are many different lengths, and make sure you replace it the same way around as some are longer on one side, this usually goes to the cw side.