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Old 06-18-17, 09:06 AM
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pashley roadster

I bought my Ashley Roadster classic a few weeks ago having wanted one for years. I love it, but.....the chain case is REALLY noisy. The slightest bump makes the chain smash against the inside and the resulting noise is enough to make small animals run for cover in fear. Any ideas as to how I could silence it? I considered taking the case off and maybe adding some sort of cushioning to the insides this a bad idea or would it better just to remove the case altogether and suffer the oil stained trousers? Seems a bit mad that having spent so much money I am even having to ask such things but there you are! Tim
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Old 06-18-17, 09:09 AM
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Is there any room for adjustment with the chain case? You could add buffer material but you loose valuable space for the chain again.
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Old 06-18-17, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by tg1 View Post
I bought my Ashley Roadster classic a few weeks ago having wanted one for years. I love it, but.....the chain case is REALLY noisy. The slightest bump makes the chain smash against the inside and the resulting noise is enough to make small animals run for cover in fear. Any ideas as to how I could silence it? I considered taking the case off and maybe adding some sort of cushioning to the insides this a bad idea or would it better just to remove the case altogether and suffer the oil stained trousers? Seems a bit mad that having spent so much money I am even having to ask such things but there you are! Tim
I don't have any firsthand knowledge of Pashley chain cases, but it sounds like your chain is too loose. Over time the chain will grow in length as the pins and plates wear against each other. If it gets too loose, it can flop around and hit the chain case. It's probably a simple matter to loosen the rear wheel, and pull it back a bit to re-tension the chain.
Better would be to put on a new chain while you're at it. They're not much money, and a worn chain can rapidly wear the chainring or rear cog.
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Originally Posted by cdmurphy View Post
I don't have any firsthand knowledge of Pashley chain cases, but it sounds like your chain is too loose. ...It's probably a simple matter to loosen the rear wheel, and pull it back a bit to re-tension the chain.
That's what I'd try first. Be a shame to lose the chain case, as that's big part of the vintage look on those things. (Also functional.)
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
That's what I'd try first. Be a shame to lose the chain case, as that's big part of the vintage look on those things. (Also functional.)
I have a Pashley Sovereign Roadster with over 5K miles on it and had the same experience. There are two things that can cause this.

The two issues that can cause the noise you hear is a chain that needs tightening or the front bracket is loose. The chain is tightened by loosening the rear hub nuts and increasing tension on the chain. This is done one side at a time and then using pulling the front of the rear wheel towards the side with the loose nut. If the chain case is loose at the front you will need to open it and tighten the bottom bracket lock nut at the case bracket plate is held tight by the lock nut.
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If you've tried the other fixes listed and still have a problem, you can cheat the cushioning. Instead of full-on padding, try electrical tape or a small vinyl protector. It the chain strikes the same area, cover the smallest bit of that area. It won't dampen the sound as much as thicker padding, but it will help, and will protect the paint.
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