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Old 07-03-11, 07:46 AM   #1
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There is a bird...

...on my commute. A little chirp-chirp-chirp sort of bird. I've never actually seen him, so I can't tell you what he looks like. But he sounds exactly like a squeaky jockey pulley.

I should tell you that I absolutely hate noises on my bike. Well, any bike, actually. I'm the type who always carries chain lube on my commute so I can offer to silence other people's squeaky chains. So when something on my bike is making a noise, I pretty much drop any idea of going fast or pedaling hard and go into full diagnostic mode.

This amazing ventriloquist of a bird apparently amuses himself by chirping in perfect sync with whatever my cadence happens to be that day. This confuses me of course, because my pulley should be squeaking at a different (but related) frequency...is it my pedal? Bottom bracket? Rear hub? Saddle rails? Fender struts? Is my frame cracked...?

No. It's that damn bird. Again.

And just when I figure that out, he flies away further up my route to await the exact moment when I've forgotten about him, and starts it up all over again.

One of these days, my fine feathered friend, I'm going to force open that little beak and empty a bottle of Triflow down your gullet.
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Old 07-03-11, 07:55 AM   #2
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Haha! I know what you mean. I think I've heard that exact same bird around here too.
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Old 07-03-11, 08:03 AM   #3
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One time when I had this it turned out that one of my cranks needed to be tightened on the spindle.
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Old 07-03-11, 06:35 PM   #4
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Maybe it's your knee!

BB should not make a chirping sound. Might be a pedal though. I have had a tick-tick-tick matching my cadence regardless of the load on the cranks. I have torn everything apart twice and have not found it yet. I did notice that the last time I took the cranks off (yesterday), the bolts were not all that tight so I paid much attention to making sure the cranks were tight. Test ride seemed ok, but I am not counting on it being gone. Tomorrow's ride will tell. Still not a chirping though.

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Old 07-03-11, 06:46 PM   #5
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That's funny! last month I was riding around the lake and rode by some parking spaces where a young lady was placing her bike on the rack of her car. Just as I ride by, this bird decides to chirp 3 times, exactly like a wolf whistle. The young lady turns, looks all around her and glares at me. I was the only guy riding by at the time. I point to myself, shake my head "no" and keep riding.
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I whistle at girls all the time. I'm always going too fast to stop and annoy them anyway so I figure it doesn't bother them.

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...on my commute. A little chirp-chirp-chirp sort of bird. I've never actually seen him, so I can't tell you what he looks like. But he sounds exactly like a squeaky jockey pulley.

I should tell you that I absolutely hate noises on my bike. Well, any bike, actually. I'm the type who always carries chain lube on my commute so I can offer to silence other people's squeaky chains. So when something on my bike is making a noise, I pretty much drop any idea of going fast or pedaling hard and go into full diagnostic mode.

This amazing ventriloquist of a bird apparently amuses himself by chirping in perfect sync with whatever my cadence happens to be that day. This confuses me of course, because my pulley should be squeaking at a different (but related) frequency...is it my pedal? Bottom bracket? Rear hub? Saddle rails? Fender struts? Is my frame cracked...?

No. It's that damn bird. Again.

And just when I figure that out, he flies away further up my route to await the exact moment when I've forgotten about him, and starts it up all over again.

One of these days, my fine feathered friend, I'm going to force open that little beak and empty a bottle of Triflow down your gullet.
You, sir, are clearly going insane.
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Old 07-04-11, 08:49 AM   #8
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I heard that bird on a brevet a few weeks ago. It really was a bird, chasing me away from its nest or something. But at first, it sounded like something was wrong with my bike.
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Old 07-04-11, 09:00 AM   #9
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Haven't you heard? The bird is the word...

[video=youtube;2WNrx2jq184]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WNrx2jq184[/video]
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