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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 07-01-13, 06:31 PM   #26
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What drivetrain are you on?
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Old 07-01-13, 07:02 PM   #27
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My drivetrain used to be very noisey and grindy sounding. I eventually figured out that it was the chain lube I was using. It was White Lightning, the wax based stuff. I used it because it came with my Park Tools chain cleaning tool. I live in a coastal community, I ride Pacific Coast Highway and beach trails a lot, and the waxy chain lube was a magnet for sand.

I switched to an oil based lube and my bike is much more quiet, and stays quiet for much longer. Never going back to wax type lubes.

Great point!
I use the white wax type and the chain makes that sticky noise and on higher speed the noise becomes this constant steady chain going through deraillieur noise.
I gotta try out differeny type of lube and see how it goes.
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Old 07-01-13, 07:06 PM   #28
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My bike is too quiet sometimes. I like the sound of loud hubs and i would like it if everyone could hear me coming.
You're supposed to be pedaling.
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Your advice is well placed, but you are making one mistake. The SRAM Red chain is noisy, period. No amount of cleaning, lubing, or adjusting can fix it. Been there, done that. KMC forever!
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You chain isn't SRAM by any chance is it. No one seems to be able to quiet that down.
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Really? In all honesty, my road bike is quieter than my goddamned track bike.

You guys need some Chain L.
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Sometimes Im amazed at how quiet my bike can be. I believe the KMC chain helps as well as a routine lubing and cleaning.
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Really? In all honesty, my road bike is quieter than my goddamned track bike.

You guys need some Chain L.
Preach, brother. That stuff is like Instaquiet for your bike.
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Old 07-01-13, 07:35 PM   #32
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Don't know. Can't hear anything over the howling headwinds that seem to be a constant part of my life lately...
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I have 105 and my bike is stealth. It was making noise from the front derailleur which I tried adjusting myself and set the cable too tight which never fixed it. I took it to shop and now it is super quiet again. I have no idea how the thing got so out of whack to beging with.
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Dead silent.
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Your advice is well placed, but you are making one mistake. The SRAM Red chain is noisy, period. No amount of cleaning, lubing, or adjusting can fix it. Been there, done that. KMC forever!
Since I don't own a SRAM Red chain system, nor know anyone who does, I'll take your word on this.

It does seem that the narrow the chain gets the more noise it emits, but only slightly more, all my old school 5/6/7 speed systems the chains are dead silent, but my 06 Athena 9 speed makes a hint of noise, but the 105 10 speed is slightly louder, which makes me wonder what the new 11 speed stuff sounds like.

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I have read two posts so far that users of the white lightning wax based lube had this noise. My bike has this noise of the chain going through the pulley's and I use the wax lube. It was actually a high recommendation from the bike shop owner. I don't like the noise but it does keep the chain clean as it say's it would. I tried the spin dr lube from performance and hated it. Should I look into chain L? what about the park tool lube?
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My chain relatively quiet.

My PT hub is ticking though. I cleaned it out and re-greased it. Still creaks and ticks. I'm looking for a good tutorial on how to overhaul.
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I think your rear derailleur may be just slightly bent, my road bike has 10 speed tiagra and I can hear the chain gliding over the derailleur pulleys when I'm pedaling. the more speeds the drivetrain has, the more sensitive it is to proper alignment.
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Should I look into chain L? what about the park tool lube?
Chain L is very quiet, but so is Rock N Roll Gold, which is better of the two, I have no idea, I read the VeloNews report that said Rock-N-Roll Gold was the best drip on lube, not sure if I believe all that stuff they did because I use to years ago do the melting of the paraffin wax and later added Slick 50 to get the teflon and hated either, I switched to TriFlow when it came out. TriFlow was not rated highly at all yet I never noticed any watt decrease going from paraffin wax that the report glowed about to TriFlow. And wax does not last long, even the old melt the wax dip the chain routine would only make the wax last about 150 to 200 miles not the 600 or more that VeloNews reported, plus it offers no protection against rust. I know that Chain L does last about 500 miles but I clean the chain and reapply the stuff every 400 (Chain L originally claimed it would last 900 miles I doubt that very much and as black as it gets at 500 miles dirt is not something I would want my chain exposed too that many miles); it is the longest lasting lube I've ever used, friction wise I can't tell the difference, noise wise? hmm, I use it on an old school wide chain and those seem to be quieter then the narrower new school chains just in general, so I can't say since the chain prior to Chain L was dead silent anyways.

I would tend to read reviews more then some test that was done, and Chain L as well as Rock-N-Roll Gold, and

I am considering trying Rock-N-Roll Gold lube for my next bottle of lube just to see what it's all about. I have heard it does run cleaner then most oil type lubes, but I'll see.

I did once run into a guy who swore by paraffin wax mixed with some powdered graphite, but I've never tried it and don't know the mix ratios. There is also a another lube callled Squirt which is a lot like Rock-N-Roll Gold and Prolink Extreme, you apply it and wipe the chain after every ride. But the real secret to chain life is keeping the chain cleaned and lubed.
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You're supposed to be pedaling.
Ummmmm.........yeah!
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I think your rear derailleur may be just slightly bent, my road bike has 10 speed tiagra and I can hear the chain gliding over the derailleur pulleys when I'm pedaling. the more speeds the drivetrain has, the more sensitive it is to proper alignment.
This was the case on my Taiwan bike. Had to shave the paint under the derailleur hanger and pound it a bit. Made a huge difference. Pedro's wax lube took care of any remaining noise, but it gets messy.
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My bike is too quiet sometimes. I like the sound of loud hubs and i would like it if everyone could hear me coming.
I too enjoy loud hubs
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My bike is too quiet sometimes. I like the sound of loud hubs and i would like it if everyone could hear me coming.

A couple of playing cards attached to your forks will solve this.
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Oh look....another comedian heard from.
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The only thing I'm hearing is classic rock in the earbuds.
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My bike is definitely not quiet lol
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Save my loud hub...my bike is extremely quiet. If I'm running in little wind all I get is that distinct "hiss" a carbon frame makes and a slight sound from my gears (105)...

gotta love that loud hub...it actually comes in handy when coming up on someone else...just stop pedaling a bit and let that loud buzz roar...that always gets their attention.
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Mine is pretty quite.
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