I'm not experienced enough in my riding to notice slight differences in how a bike feels. I've had my license for a few years, but actualy time owning a bike is significantly less, and time in saddle of owned bikes is considerably less still. A few days ago I went out on a short ride. Tootled slowly around my street (it's in a loop) to start with to warm the engine a bit. At one point I was going faster than I maybe should have been and a 4wd pulled out of their driveway in front of me and I had to stand on the brakes. In the process, I felt a knock on the tyre, like it locked momentarily. Weird. I took a brief look and couldn't see anything out of ordinary. Tentatively continued on around the block but there were no other issues so I went for my ride. Today I was gearing up for a proper ride. Got to the top of the street and felt it again, this time sharply and happened three or four times - almost felt like the wheel was loose and grabbing on the callipers. This prompted a much closer look and I saw that the right side front bearing had all but fallen out of the axle. A very cautious 2km to the closest mechanic followed. Not my preferred option but all I was willing to risk. So now I'm dreaming of the hills and waiting for the call to say it's fixed instead of riding the hills.