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rryyaannbb 07-06-13 04:42 AM

Randomly clicking noise when front wheels spins
 
There is a clicking noise (varies in loudness) when the front wheel spins. It is not every time the wheel turns, it seems more random. It is not everytime the pedals turn as it happens even when I turn the bike over and spin the wheel.

It is quite loud and I just cannot figure out what is causing it. I cant see anything catching, no spokes seem loose.
I have searched the forum and sheldon browns website, but I cant find anything about a noise that is seemingly more random and not regular.

Please any ideas?

bengreen79 07-06-13 04:45 AM

Make sure your quick release is tight and also check to make sure your spoke magnet is not hitting your computer sensor (if you have one).

rryyaannbb 07-06-13 04:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bengreen79 (Post 15820000)
Make sure your quick release is tight and also check to make sure your spoke magnet is not hitting your computer sensor (if you have one).

Tried that, it is nothing visibly catching, the quick release is tight too, I took it off to check if anything was inside the qr but it all seems clean. I just cannot figure it out.

bengreen79 07-06-13 05:05 AM

Does the sound occur when you spin the wheel backwards? Or does it sound different at all?

Also check your spokes. Maybe one is broken and intermittently slapping the fork.

rryyaannbb 07-06-13 05:43 AM

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Originally Posted by bengreen79 (Post 15820020)
Does the sound occur when you spin the wheel backwards? Or does it sound different at all?

Also check your spokes. Maybe one is broken and intermittently slapping the fork.

Its happening both ways i spin it, i checked all the spokes and none are loose. Think i'm going to have to take it to a bike mechanic.

coasting 07-06-13 06:05 AM

bearings maybe.

bengreen79 07-06-13 06:38 AM

Yep, you've eliminated all external problems. Probably just need the bearings pulled apart, cleaned, and re-greased.

canam73 07-06-13 07:02 AM

Two thoughts:

If it's a deeper rim sometimes the valve stems can knock a bit.

A little chunk of something is loose in your rim.

sour 07-06-13 07:11 AM

I had a front wheel noise after replacing tires that drove me crazy. It turned out to be center seem material coming loose and slapping the fork. Pulled it off and was good to go. I could not recreate the noise on the stand because I couldn't spin the wheel fast enough.

Clem von Jones 07-06-13 08:27 AM

Rims start clicking when there's a developing spoke tension problem. Check for loose spokes by bouncing the shaft of a screwdriver off them and listening to their vibrating tones. A really low tone indicates a loose spoke and means the wheel needs retensioning.

Another possibility is that you have an old rim that was constructed using the pinned vs welded method at the seam and it's starting to come apart after many miles of being battered by potholes.

canam73 07-06-13 08:40 AM

What Clem said. I had assumed you had done that in your initial inspection, but if not then do it.

JohnDThompson 07-06-13 09:58 AM

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Originally Posted by canam73 (Post 15820220)
A little chunk of something is loose in your rim.

Yes. Sometimes fragments are trapped in the rim after the spoke holes are drilled.

TromboneAl 07-06-13 10:14 AM

I had this problem, but it would only happen when riding. It turned out to be one loose spoke.

rryyaannbb 07-06-13 11:04 AM

Just in case anyone else has the same problem (or youre wondering what it was), I took it to Decathlon mechanic and they took the wheel (initially thinking it was a loose spoke) but eventually concluded it was either a missing bearing or worn down one in the axle of the wheel (I think thats what he said?).
Anyway I managed to blag a new wheel and tyre from it.

Thanks for your replies anyway guys!

rryyaannbb 07-06-13 11:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bengreen79 (Post 15820178)
Yep, you've eliminated all external problems. Probably just need the bearings pulled apart, cleaned, and re-greased.

You were right, took the mechanic at Decathlon a while to figure it out.

thinktubes 07-06-13 11:44 AM

I'm never surprised when the answer is to sell the customer new parts....

rryyaannbb 07-06-13 11:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thinktubes (Post 15821013)
I'm never surprised when the answer is to sell the customer new parts....

haha, it was only just out of warranty so I managed to get them to give me a free new wheel and tyre.


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