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Old 11-12-17, 09:40 PM
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Front wheel makes ticking sound when still

When I got home after a 25-mile ride, I heard a ticking like an old mechanical alarm clock. Since my bike wasn't moving, I looked for some other cause, but it turned out to be the front wheel. I deflated the tube and the ticking stopped. I couldn't find a problem. I re-inflated the tube and it hasn't started ticking again, and is holding air.

Alex Adventurer rim (2 years old), Panaracer Pasela PT tire (1.5 years old), Kenda tube (last installed August 7).

I'm curious, not worried. My best guess is that the bead was slowly slipping out of the rim, but I can't see a sign of it.
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Old 11-12-17, 11:36 PM
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If that was the case consider yourself lucky to have the bead slipping off the rim after you finished your ride.


Two odd and unusual causes of what might be considered to be "ticking" when stopped are: The computer mag is lined up, almost, with the pick up sensor. The mag can be activating the sensor in a rhythmic pattern, extra miles will be added to the odometer and depending of the pattern one's max speed can change. The noise is the sensor's reed switch flapping open and closed. The other cause is from a water bottle coming into a warm indoors from the cold. As the air in the bottle expands it will leak out of the bottle (if the snout is closed) and little burps of air passing through the cap's edges can sound pretty ticky like. Andy.
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Old 11-13-17, 03:01 AM
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The other cause is from a water bottle coming into a warm indoors from the cold. As the air in the bottle expands it will leak out of the bottle (if the snout is closed) and little burps of air passing through the cap's edges can sound pretty ticky like.
^^^This.^^^ Happened to me the other night. I was going nuts, trying to find the noise. It wasn't on the bike. I thought it might be a rodent scurrying around in the vents.

Turned out to be my Camelbak bottle. I set it on my desk next to the PC to finish the water and electrolytes after a ride. As the temp changed the fizzy electrolyte solution alternated between ticking and slight squeaking. It was bizarre. And I've lost some high frequency hearing in my left ear, so I couldn't tell it was coming from just a couple of feet to my left.
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How fast were you riding? Maybe the ticking sound was just the wheel cooling down.
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I've experienced that water bottle 'ticking' sound. Can't think of anything else it could be.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
If that was the case consider yourself lucky to have the bead slipping off the rim after you finished your ride.
Yes. One night a tube exploded because the rim had expanded enough that it no longer held the tire's bead. I keep my bicycle in the living room; it sounded like a gun shot; I nearly had a heart attack.

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Two odd and unusual causes of what might be considered to be "ticking" when stopped are: The computer mag is lined up, almost, with the pick up sensor. The mag can be activating the sensor in a rhythmic pattern, extra miles will be added to the odometer and depending of the pattern one's max speed can change. The noise is the sensor's reed switch flapping open and closed. The other cause is from a water bottle coming into a warm indoors from the cold. As the air in the bottle expands it will leak out of the bottle (if the snout is closed) and little burps of air passing through the cap's edges can sound pretty ticky like. Andy.
I had neither of these on the bike.

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How fast were you riding? Maybe the ticking sound was just the wheel cooling down.
Unfortunately I can't ride very fast anymore. And the ticking started a while after I got home: I put away my purchases, shaved and showered, sat down to deal with other stuff, before I heard it (possibly I wasn't quiet enough to hear it before then.)
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I get the water bottle tick/squeak all the time, especially since I leave them all over the place; on the bike, workbench in the garage, kitchen counter, by the back door.

I have a theory, as to the tire 'ticking.' The highest forces we can put on the front wheel is during braking, particularly the last meter or so before the bike stops. Similar to the forces that make a rear tire slip during extreme effort climbing ("Monster Mashing") but just in the other direction.
The tire bead, or part of the bead slips or stretches slightly on the rim under those peak forces. Whether this is decectable or not depends on rim profile, tire make/size, inflation pressure, and i'm sure any number of other factors.

Now, when you stop on the road, say for a stop sign, you get moving again in pretty short order. Once rolling, the little deviation in the rim/bead will work itself out.
When you pull in to the garage and stop at the end of a ride, the rim/bead anomaly is still present, but now there's no outside forces (rolling wheel) to help the tire return to it's 'normal' state. The 'blow out' some of us have experienced after a ride is probably an extreme condition of the same effects.
This would explain why releasing the air pressure (and relaxing the tire casing) made the tick go away.

*Mostly informed conjecture, but it's my nature to do root-cause when 'weird stuff happens' more than once.
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Old 11-13-17, 04:19 PM
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Front equipped with shocks? Could be the cylinder acclimating to temps.
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Old 11-14-17, 08:55 AM
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Slow leak.

Let the ticking continue. When it eventually stops, feel the tire. In my experience, the tire will be soft or deflated.
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It would seem to have been a slow leak, that the tube split at the seam and chose then to come apart. I used to discard tubes after 3 punctures, but now I keep them until they're irreparable.
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