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Old 06-19-17, 08:37 AM   #1
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Front wheel under load = tic tic tic sound.

OK, this is probably a dumb question but Im a bit confounded. When I ride my Kona Dew. I get a tic tic tic sound coming from the front wheel. When I put the bike in the bike stand and spin the wheel it is silent. The sound only happens when I ride the bike. I have looked for a loose piece of tread. I then trued the front wheel but I still havent solved it. Any ideas? Bad hub?
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I've had the same thing happen; turns out that in spite of it sounding like a distinct ticking it was a particular pair of spokes rubbing, even though they were properly tensioned--I would assumed something like that would be more of a rubbing sound.

It took me forever to figure out which ones. I ended up having someone else watch the wheel as I rode slowly, then I taped together the pairs that were at the top and bottom when it clicked. Eventually I figured out which pair it was, greased the joint slightly, and it's been fine ever since.
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Thank you for the reply, I think you are correct. I will keep looking.
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If you think it may be spokes clicking, put a little oil or grease at each crossing. It may be hard to isolate which pair, just lube them all.
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It also helps to go around the wheel squeezing pairs together with both hands.
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Thanks for the replies. My old man eyes missed a spot in the rim near the valve stem that was lurching over just enough to lightly nick the brake pad. I think my old man ears could only hear it at higher speeds. Some adjustments with a spoke wretch may have solved it.
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I had a similar issue some years ago, where my heel was striking the pannier on every revolution. It took longer than it should have to figure it out.
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Going straight ?, while turning ?.

I've had computer magnets start to hit while under load.

Look for the simple stuff first.
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It might be loose spokes from a poorly built wheel. I've heard similar things from a wheel that's not sufficiently tensioned. I'm assuming OP's wheel is machine built.
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If truing didn't solve it - if it only happens under load, ticking can come from the headset and sound like a wheel issue. You might open er up and grease to solve it.
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computer magnet hitting the sender?
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Also consider putting a drop of lube of choice onto each nipple so that it goes into the rim. It solved a mystery for me.

It could be a slight crack at an eyelet or two as well, so check for that.
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Once I had that tic tic tic and it was the nut on the inner tube valve that I took off as soon as I got home.
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