Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes: Franklin Frames Custom, Rivendell Bombadil
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Don't grease the freewheel, it can make the pawls stick, and you can get reverse freewheeling!
You can clean it with WD-40 if you need to , then oil it.
Did you use SAE 30 weight oil? it's like stuff you use for lawnmowers and such. kind of thick.
It might just be the freewheel characteristic noise though, which I suspect it is. I think they may be either a generic brand from Taiwan, or a Sunrace, but they don't look like Sunrace. What size was yours . . .13-24?
There are many on ebay, some sizes are harder to find though. IRD's are the best of currently made ones. $40 isn't all that much for the long term.