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Old 09-07-12, 05:47 PM   #1
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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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Old 09-07-12, 06:05 PM   #2
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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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Old 09-07-12, 06:14 PM   #3
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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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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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Just don't stop pedaling, fool.
That is the solution to the problem.
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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 gun 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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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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