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    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?
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    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    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.
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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
    Last edited by Clem von Jones; 07-06-13 at 09:05 AM.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    A little chunk of something is loose in your rim.
    Yes. Sometimes fragments are trapped in the rim after the spoke holes are drilled.

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    I had this problem, but it would only happen when riding. It turned out to be one loose spoke.
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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bengreen79 View Post
    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.
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    I'm never surprised when the answer is to sell the customer new parts....

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    Quote Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
    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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