I'm reconditioning an early eighties Raleigh Rapide 10-speed road bike.
I repacked the rear hub and mounted it in the frame to true the wheel. (Or at least as good as I can get it.)
Anyway, my question is how can you tell if a freewheel is bad? After I trued the wheel, I put the freewheel, chain and derailleur on. Now, I can hear a dull clicking sound (not the freewheel click) when I turn the crank. It appears to be coming from the hub area. It's almost as if there were some rocks rolling around inside the hub. I know that sort of sounds like a bearing problem but I did not hear the noise at all while truing the wheel. When I stop cranking and the wheel is just rolling, most of the clicking noise goes away. Again, when I am describing the clicking, I am not talking about the normal freewheel click noise.
I'm also wondering if I could have got the spokes too tight and they are flexing against one another and that is what I'm hearing under a load.
The bike isn't back together yet so I don't know if the sound will go away when ridden or not. Even if it does, that sound isn't normal.
Sound like a familiar problem? Any ideas? Thanks for your help.