It showed up last weekend during a ride with the wife, she on her X-1 and I on my Tour Easy. It was an almost pleasant jingle type of noise that occurred once per pedal revolution. It sounded like it was coming from the rear deraileur. I tucked this minor inconvenience into my memory bank and just enjoyed our (noisey) ride together.
Now it's a few days later and I'm taking the TE out for a nice long ride alone. First things first though, I take a little test ride up and down the street and the bike ran silently. Anticipating a great day I loaded a couple bottles of Gatorade onto the bike, strapped on my camera at my hip, and donned my helmet and riding gloves. Son-of-a-gun! There's that stupid jingle again! Tough beans, I'm riding anyway and when I get home I'll put this sucker up on the repair stand and have at it!
My brain wouldn't shut off. Why once per rev? Why from the right rear? Why did it go away and come back? Every theory I came up with during the ride made no sense at all and I had the feeling that tracking this down was going to be a difficult quest. I've heard that noise somewhere before but my brain dead head just can't quite remember where.
All told I rode 70 miles and stopped several times to take pictures, visit, eat lunch...and all the time the noise continued on. Somewhere around mile 48 it finally struck me where I had heard that noise before, many, many times before. Fortunately no one was around at the time because I broke out laughing right then and there while reaching down to my right hip firmly grasping and silencing the jingling camera case that was strapped to my belt.
It's a really nice soft case by Tamrac and not only can be attached to one's belt but it also has a neck strap with nice big easy to handle clips and rings, nice, jingly clips and rings. I always use both the belt loop and the neck strap. Some times I feel sooooo stupid.