Two problems today!
I've been commuting on a set of Shimano R500 wheels (provided with a Giant OCR C2 from 2007) and I would estimate they have between 15 and 20k kms on them. Never had any broken spokes, regularly changed pads and kept fairly clean. In the last few weeks I've noticed a bit of chain suck - when I free wheel the chain gets pulled around a bit by the cassette so that when I go to pedal again I have to effectively take up the slack. I gave the chain a bit of extra lube and the problem seemed to go away, however it has returned this week, and on closer inspection the rear wheel now has a substantial amount of side to side play which I'm pretty sure wasn't there last time I gave the drive train a good clean.
Is this a reasonable distance for a wheel set to travel before throwing in the towel? As these are fairly much entry level wheels is there any point considering servicing the hubs or am I better off replacing with a similar type of wheel for a few hundred $'s? Can these type of hubs even be serviced?
I've also recently noticed my steerer has a series of clicks and creaks in it. It is noticable when I lift the front wheel (not while riding! ) and turn the bars side to side. I'm at the point of requiring new bar tape and my hoods need re-positioning so will be doing a bit of work around the front end anyway. Is this likely to be related to crap getting into the steerer tube during the last winter such that a good clean and re-grease would sort it out or is it likely to be more serious - Ie. shot bearings?
Appreciate any help!