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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 05-01-07, 11:16 PM   #1
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Noises when alternating between fixed and freewheel bikes

Are the noises just in my head?

I started riding my first fixie in January. But I commute I mostly on an internal hub Nexus. For three days in a row I rode my fixie and then today the internal hub bike and I kept hearing some noise. I would pull over and everything checked out okay. But then I would ride and start hearing it again. It's not the freewheel clicking sound. It's a very slight brush rubbing on a cymbal sound.

Then I started to think it's just all in my head. That the sound has always been there and never noticed it until I started to ride a super quiet fixed gear. It's getting aggrevating pulling over again and again to find nothing wrong.

So I was wondering if any of you all have had a similar experience. Is there a problem with my bike or is there just another problem with my brain?
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Old 05-01-07, 11:53 PM   #2
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Could it be your hub seals? They do make a noise I can hear in a quiet room although never on the road.
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Old 05-02-07, 12:37 AM   #3
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brake pads rubbing?
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Nah, thanks for the replies. I don't mean for this to be a "diagnose my bike problems" thread. I was just curious to see if people who ride fixed gear bikes start to hear things when riding other bikes. If it is a real bike problem I don't mind hunting down to find what it is and repair it. But if it's a common thing for people who ride fixed gear and get used to the quiet can all of a sudden develop a sensitive ear to other bike sounds. Like "ghost noises" or something.

Again, I like tinkering and don't mind taking my bike apart to learn something new. I just don't want to take my bike apart and later find that the noise is just normal sound of operation, like the whole thing was some sort of snipe hunt.

I'm wondering if maybe people end up going 100% fixed gear cause they get too used to the quiet and the noise of other bikes start to drive them crazy. I'm not all together sure if the sound is real. Just bearly audible over the wind flutter. It's so slight it's like one strand of a spider's web, but if that one strand gets on my hair it'll drive me crazy all day.

Anyways, I probably should have done this as a poll:

A) Bike (Any sound indicates a problem)
B) Your head (Common to notice slight noises)
C) Ha Ha Haaaaa! (Suffa!)

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