Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Must be freehub by the sound of it and sounds as though the pawls are not engaging. Could just be rust so try to get some "Light" engineering oil inside it. (Cover it in WD40 and try to get a lot inside if possible.)
If that doesn't work- get to an LBS and get them to fit a new one. They are not expensive- but get them to check the wheel at the same time.
I say could be rust but rust normally stiffens the freehub or body up. But I have some "Mavic" wheels that the freehub has to have the pawls replaced every year or so. If I don't they seize up on the first wet ride of the year. But they seize open and not engaging.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.