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    Weird Noises

    I have this problem with my new bike where when I'm just riding along, if I push on the shifter it makes a weird clicking noise, then almost immediately after there's a strange clanking sound coming from the drivetrain area. This is usually accompanied by the strange sensation that all of the sudden, either I can't pedal fast enough, or I'm pedaling too slow. Is this normal?

    I'm also hearing weird crunchy sounds when my tires run on gravel, when I coast I'd swear a small stopwatch sound can be heard, and when I got to the drive-thru with the bike on the roof rack, it sounds like Armageddon. Is there a lube or something I can try? Did my bike shop rip me off? Do I need a torque wrench? If so, which type?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker
    I'm also hearing weird crunchy sounds when my tires run on gravel
    Sounds like the tires could be underinflated. Check the side of the tire, there should be a recommended PSI. Mine are rated for 40 to 65PSI, and I always keep them inflated to the high end of that.
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    No no no... a torque wrench is all you need. TW-2.

    Also, use some White Lightning. It works with drive-thrus... but be careful with parking garages. That may require Tri-flo.

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    Just push harder on that shifter!
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