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Do loud hubs save lives?

Old 07-07-12, 06:44 AM
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Do loud hubs save lives?

I've noticed on group rides just how freakin' loud some free hubs are. Maybe it's a safety feature, helping the riders behind to maintain a gap when the guy in front is off the gas.
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Old 07-07-12, 07:12 AM
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I have not noticed a difference in the peloton with loud vs silent hubs. Sometimes the loud hub is useful for letting pedestrians know that you are coming up behind them, but that's about it.
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My Fulcrum hubs are VERY loud, and they are a good warning when I approach other riders, or more likely pedestrians, from behind.
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Old 07-07-12, 07:23 AM
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Yeah, I have Campy hubs and they are loud. I like the sound of angry bees. Don't know about it being any safer though.
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Old 07-07-12, 07:29 AM
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My campy hubs sound like velvet moving slowly through fog.

Maybe that's why I keep running over people and animals.
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Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
My campy hubs sound like velvet moving slowly through fog.

Maybe that's why I keep running over people and animals.
You get a dollar for a Mel Torme reference.
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Old 07-07-12, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
You get a dollar for a Mel Torme reference.
And you get 50 cents back for noticing it.
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Old 07-07-12, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Right Said Fred View Post
I've noticed on group rides just how freakin' loud some free hubs are. Maybe it's a safety feature, helping the riders behind to maintain a gap when the guy in front is off the gas.
Interesting observation, and to answer your question: "Do loud hubs save lives?" - saving lives may be a bit dramatic, but I think they are definitely a safety agent in pacelines.

I love my silent hub - but when pacelining, I appreciate it when the guy in front of me has a loud clattering freewheel. It definitely helps me to keep as close as possible to his wheel for maximum drafting effect, but to be instantly aware when he may be cruising for a few moments.
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Old 07-07-12, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
Sometimes the loud hub is useful for letting pedestrians know that you are coming up behind them, but that's about it.
yep. My Fulcrums are louder than I would like. But, since most of my riding is on a MUP, I've realized that the noise helps when passing other cyclists, etc.
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Old 07-07-12, 08:59 AM
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About as much as loud pipes on motorcycles.
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If you've stopped pedaling you're doing it wrong.
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Loud hubs don't save lives. They make babies./thread
 
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Loud hubs let the person in front of you know that you are matching their speed and not doing any work.
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Old 07-07-12, 03:18 PM
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Gee, thank you , I've been thinking it's my gasping that people hear coming up behind them
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard View Post
My Fulcrum hubs are VERY loud, and they are a good warning when I approach other riders, or more likely pedestrians, from behind.
Same here, my Fulcrums are loud as hell, my Shimanos are silent like a ninja, & my new Mavic Ksyriums are loud too!.
My riding buddy thought I was running Campy hubs.
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Old 07-07-12, 03:53 PM
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I prefer the loud hubs. Let's people know they need to get the hell out of the way!!!!! Happens frequently on my shorter solo rides (under 3 hours) where I'm averaging about 30-35mph.
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Originally Posted by colombo357 View Post
I prefer the loud hubs. Let's people know they need to get the hell out of the way!!!!! Happens frequently on my shorter solo rides (under 3 hours) where I'm averaging about 30-35mph.
Nice example of 41 BS/trolling. I think claiming 3 hour solo centuries might be a little much though. You want to retain a hint of believability on these...
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Old 07-07-12, 04:22 PM
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He must be confusing Miles for Kilometers, because we all know there is no coasting during 3-hour centuries.
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Old 07-07-12, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rebel1916 View Post
Yeah, I have Campy hubs and they are loud. I like the sound of angry bees. Don't know about it being any safer though.
I am not so sure about Campy hubs being noisy.

I have ridden on Campy hubs since 1989. I currently own two sets of Record hubs (laced to Ambrosio Excellent rims) and a set of Campy Eurus rims. The Record hubs are fairly quiet. The Campy Eurus wheels/rims are nearly silent.

I agree that the Fulcrum hubs are very nosiy!
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Old 07-07-12, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by boxerboxer View Post
If you've stopped pedaling you're doing it wrong.
No kidding.
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Old 07-07-12, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
I am not so sure about Campy hubs being noisy.

I have ridden on Campy hubs since 1989. I currently own two sets of Record hubs (laced to Ambrosio Excellent rims) and a set of Campy Eurus rims. The Record hubs are fairly quiet. The Campy Eurus wheels/rims are nearly silent.

I agree that the Fulcrum hubs are very nosiy!
Well I have mirage, so we are breathing different air, but mine are not obnoxious or anything, but they have a definite, audible angry bees sound.
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Old 07-07-12, 04:47 PM
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Just joking here, but I think they are a safety hazard...................

Because every time I hear one, I want to strangle the person riding the bike with them on it!
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This thread is full of fail
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Originally Posted by RollCNY View Post
Loud hubs let the person in front of you know that you are matching their speed and not doing any work.
I vote this the winning post.



Seriously, though, I've actually done that... when I'm not even drafting!
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