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Old 06-05-07, 12:43 PM   #1
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freewheel that doesn't click?

ok, so I know the freewheel (or whatever the rear wheel assembly thing on a non-fixed gear bicycle is called) runs on a ratchet system, hence the clicking while coasting, but....

Is there any way to quiet that stuff down without affecting ridability?

does no one make a silent version of this?

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ok, so I know the freewheel (or whatever the rear wheel assembly thing on a non-fixed gear bicycle is called) runs on a ratchet system, hence the clicking while coasting, but....

Is there any way to quiet that stuff down without affecting ridability?

does no one make a silent version of this?
Using a thicker lubricant (heavy oil or light grease) can make it quieter, but may cause problems in cold weather.

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/freewheels

Best is to get out of the habit of coasting! ;-)

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Or turn UP the MP3 player
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nothing against anyone else, but I refuse to ride distracted. no cell phones, no mp3 players etc. I want to hear the essuvee that's trying to run me over as far away as possible

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I find Shimano hubs are generally pretty quiet, with the "silent clutch" models being silent.

I like loud hubs... I like to draft close behind another rider and buzz the freehub just to say, "You're suffering, and I'm coasting!"
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I find Shimano hubs are generally pretty quiet, with the "silent clutch" models being silent.

I like loud hubs... I like to draft close behind another rider and buzz the freehub just to say, "You're suffering, and I'm coasting!"
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There is a line designed for bike cops that doesn't make an audible ratchet. Or it doesn't ratchet at all, I don't know. At any rate it is supposed to be quiet. I'm not sure if it is a freewheel or a freehub though. And I'm not sure what they're called either.
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Best is to get out of the habit of coasting!
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Get those pedals moving!
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I haven't ridden the "silent" type but My Austro Daimler had a Helicomatic hub that was extremely quiet compared to all my other bikes.
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There is a line designed for bike cops that doesn't make an audible ratchet. Or it doesn't ratchet at all, I don't know. At any rate it is supposed to be quiet. I'm not sure if it is a freewheel or a freehub though. And I'm not sure what they're called either.
It's a Freehub, called a "Silent Clutch."

If you can hear your freewheel above the sound of the wind rushing past your ears, you're going to slow to be coasting! ;-)

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nothing against anyone else, but I refuse to ride distracted. no cell phones, no mp3 players etc. I want to hear the essuvee that's trying to run me over as far away as possible
That's your priviledge. As for me I greatly prefer Shostakovich string quartets or Oysterband from my iPod to the sound of motor vehicles. I use my mirror to keep track of what's behind me when I need to change lanes.

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That's cool. it's all what works. I spent a few weeks trying to adapt to an eyeglass mounted mirror and never did get the hang of it.

and you're right, I got a chance to get up over 30mph, and I can't hear the freewheel/cassette/whatever at all

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