Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Originally Posted by bikerSheep1541
On my rear wheel, the plastic spoke protector has started to rub against the spokes. This creates a very annoying noise while coasting. I have had this bike for about eight years and this problem never showed up until now. What could cause this to occur? My guess is that the cold and time is part of the cause.
The others have offered you good advice, but before you act on it you need to check how your protector is mounted.
Some protectors are wheel mounted and turn with the wheel, others are freehub mounted and turn with the cassette. From your description I suspect it's freehub mounted, especially if it's noisy only
when coasting. In which case the one thing you cannot do is secure it to the spokes.
When buying the replacement you'll want one of the same type, or if changing from a freehub mounted to a wheel mounted unit, you might also need a small spacer to replace the protector's thickness on the freehub.
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