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    Getting rid of the freewheel clicking noise

    I recently bought a 21 speed city/urban bike and want the freewheel to move without sound. In the past on older mountain bikes I found putting oil in both sides of the rear axle worked. But I've tried it this time without success. My 6 year old hybrid has a silent freewheel but I can't remember if that was oiled or it was like that to start with. Are some/modern freewheels sealed at the hub or something?

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    Does the new bike have a freehub and cassette? If so, you can't use the old fix of low viscosity motor oil, as it is sealed.
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    I don't know but I guess it is as its a 2012 bike. I remember the days of using car engine oil/

    http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/pr..._700_2012_Bike

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    Looks to be a freehub/cassette, not a freewheel.
    I enjoy the noise my freehubs make. Some are just noisier than others.
    Replacing grease with oil, or thinning the grease might make things louder.
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    OK I'll leave it, thanks.

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    There is a variety of info available about freehub service. For instance: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...ewheel-service
    Search for freehub videos and you will find some that show how to make a freehub louder. Might give you some ideas about how to do the opposite. .
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    I stopped using freewheel hubs altogether and started using cassettes, the freewheels have a poor cargo carrying capacities when compared to a cassette style hub, plus I don't like the clicking noise that the freewheels make either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
    I stopped using freewheel hubs altogether and started using cassettes, the freewheels have a poor cargo carrying capacities when compared to a cassette style hub, plus I don't like the clicking noise that the freewheels make either.
    You can make a freewheel run silent. I have done it to every bike I own. All of the experts tell you not to pack grease in the pawls of a freewheel but like I said I have done it with all my freewheels and have never had a problem.

    I have never tried packing the pawls of the freehub on a cassette with grease. If it did not make it run silent like it does on a freewheel it should at least make the cassette quieter.

    I do use a thin grease to keep the pawls from sticking. Mobil 1 Synthetic
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    I had some synthetic lower gear oil for outboard engines that make freewheels silent and more durable. This was at a prior job.
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    Just don't stop pedaling, fool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Just don't stop pedaling, fool.
    That is the solution to the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    You can make a freewheel run silent. I have done it to every bike I own. All of the experts tell you not to pack grease in the pawls of a freewheel but like I said I have done it with all my freewheels and have never had a problem.
    I've used one of these for about 30 years now:



    Quick and easy to use; just thread it into the back of the freewheel, attach a grease *** and pump away until clean grease comes out the other side. Wipe off the excess and you're good to go. It does help to use a light grease, though, particularly in cold climates. Otherwise the pawls may stick and you freewheel in both directions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    You can make a freewheel run silent. I have done it to every bike I own. All of the experts tell you not to pack grease in the pawls of a freewheel but like I said I have done it with all my freewheels and have never had a problem.

    I have never tried packing the pawls of the freehub on a cassette with grease. If it did not make it run silent like it does on a freewheel it should at least make the cassette quieter.

    I do use a thin grease to keep the pawls from sticking. Mobil 1 Synthetic

    The clicking noise was only a secondary factor, the freewheel's poor cargo capacity was the final straw, I grew tired of replacing broken or bent axles, and the set of free hub touring wheels that I currently run have been a great help in lowering my bike maintenance work load.

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