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Old 08-24-11, 02:41 PM   #1
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Ticking Shimano ss freewheel

Just bouncing this off everyone to verify a hunch:

Shimano freewheels (both 1/8" and 3/32") having same issue. Under load I get a consistent 'tick tick tick tick' noise that stops when I coast.

I've examined the f'wheel off the bike and there's (what I think is) a significant amount of lateral play to the sprocket. Definitely more than when the part was new. Is this the most likely cause for this ticking noise?

Things I know it isn't: Chain, BB, pedals, cleats, hubs, chainring bolts, spokes... all the usual things one would check for with an annoying tickticktick sound.
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The bearings in standard thread-on freewheels like Shimano are usually adjusted for play by adding or removing very thin spacers. THe freewheel has to be disassembled to do this, and reassembled with a different number of spacers. You have to use trial and error to get it as close to perfect as possible. The play might be the cause of the noise, but I don't know for sure.
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I get the same "tick.tick.tick", noise on my Dicta freewheel. Mine has been ridden through the winter, lot's of salty slush. I don't worry about it. I keep it oiled and it works perfectly fine, but it's just noisy. I get strange looks form roadies when they pass me, because of the noise.
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