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Is the perfect set up drivetrain silent?

Old 08-10-21, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by masonv45 View Post
On a freshly paved road at slow speeds, the bike was so quiet I started to hear a ping on every rotation of the front wheel. Took me weeks to figure out that the spokes were "rubbing" against each other - producing the ping noise. Going faster - or on a rougher road, the tire/road noise was loud enough to cover up the "ping" noise.
That's usually the sound of an under-tensioned wheel, especially if it's happening in time with wheel rotation and/or pedal stroke and with no correlation to impacts. Which is what you've described, so I'd check the spokes. If they're moving against each other at the crossing points, they're likely to start breaking.

Sometimes, a tight wheel with really even tension will give off a "twoooonngg" kinda noise when you hit a crack or small hole just right, especially if you've got light, supple tires, but that's a different and much happier-sounding noise.

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Old 08-11-21, 07:51 AM
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My road bike, sporting 10sp Campy Chorus is very quiet. Itís also steel so the sound isnít transmitted like carbon. The sound of wind and tires against the ground is more than my drivetrain. Itís lovely on empty roads. It also means that I know immediately if it goes out of adjustment.

My gravel bike isnít as quiet. No creaks or rubbing or whatever but there is audible noise. My theory is that in near silence, I can hear the NW chainring doing itís thing. Not loud but audible. I think itís perfectly fine, but idk

I think itís sometimes hard to determine what is normal sound and what can be adjusted. Especially on a stand in the shop or garage where itís nowhere near as quiet as the big empty.
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Old 08-14-21, 12:29 PM
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I used to commercial fish as a power troller. After WW2 there was a glut of Detroit Diesels that ended up in working fishing boats. They were 2 stroke and used a lot of oil but were tough and simple. And loud. The universal report from all fisherman as they went deaf: ďThe older I get, the quieter the engine gets.Ē

As I age I find the same thing about all my bikes.

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The Cwar Twalk guys used to say just turn the radio up.

The most irritating noise that I no longer ever must experience is the chain rubbing on the FD of a mountain bike triple. But you still gotta oil a squeaky chain
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Man... Silence is nice. But so is that simple clunk when changing gears...

Or the sounds of an experienced rider using friction shifters on an up and down run...

And of course the sound of a Regina freewheel spinning on a glide...
No matter where your at... There you are... Δf:=f(1/2)-f(-1/2)
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