Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Bicycle Mechanics Broken bottom bracket? Tacoed wheel? If you're having problems with your bicycle, or just need help fixing a flat, drop in here for the latest on bicycle mechanics & bicycle maintenance.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-24-11, 05:04 PM   #1
green427
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
green427's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Dela-where?
Bikes: GT Fitness series, IBEX Vantage 5500, Raleigh M-80
Posts: 226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Rear sprocket ratcheting noise...normal?

After getting my new cochlear implants and hearing a lot more than I want, one of the sounds that really bothers me comes from the rear wheel of my wife's Schwinn comfort bike. The ratcheting inside the rear sprocket is so loud, a lot louder than any of my other bikes.

The bike mechanic that listened to it said it was normal, some are louder than others, but this is really loud. Would opening it up and adding more grease make it quieter?
green427 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-11, 05:49 PM   #2
BHOFM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NW Arkansas
Bikes: Too many to count
Posts: 757
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have had two Shimano, they where the same model and
one was noisier than the other. I think grease might quiet
it down but will shorten the life because they are not sealed
and prone to dust.

Tell her to keep pedaling.....
BHOFM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-11, 06:13 PM   #3
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 7,912
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by green427 View Post
After getting my new cochlear implants and hearing a lot more than I want, one of the sounds that really bothers me comes from the rear wheel of my wife's Schwinn comfort bike. The ratcheting inside the rear sprocket is so loud, a lot louder than any of my other bikes.

The bike mechanic that listened to it said it was normal, some are louder than others, but this is really loud. Would opening it up and adding more grease make it quieter?
New ears, huh? Congratulations!

In my experience, different hubs make different amounts of noise, Without knowing which hub we're dealing with it's had to say, but as long as it makes a ratcheting noise it's probably OK. If it goes quiet unexpectedly you could be heading for trouble. On the other hand, if it goes quiet and quits driving the bike forward, well, there's your sign.

If the bike's new, I'd let it break in. Many hubs get quieter with use. If you really want to quiet it down, overhauling the hub and running heavy oil through the freewheel mechanism can make for a very quiet rear hub. This involves a complete rebuild, though- if it's not needed then I wouldn't mess with the hub.
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-11, 08:33 PM   #4
green427
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
green427's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Dela-where?
Bikes: GT Fitness series, IBEX Vantage 5500, Raleigh M-80
Posts: 226
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks, guys. Yeah, the bike is relatively new. Wife put a whopping 15 miles on it in the last two years LOL.

It only bothers me when I can hear it riding alongside her. I have the perfect solution...turn my digital ears off...voila!!!
green427 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-11, 08:37 PM   #5
Dan Burkhart 
Senior member
 
Dan Burkhart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Bikes:
Posts: 5,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 12 Post(s)
Just be grateful it's not a Hugi hub.
Dan Burkhart is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:31 PM.