Rear wheel "ticking" noise

I'm getting an annoying tick from the rear wheel, which sounds like a spoke being pinged. I had this on another bike, and solved it by putting a drop of oil on the spoke cross overs, but I've tried that to no avail.

It only happens under load, not on the stand, and is exactly once per wheel revolution. Getting out of the saddle to shift weight to the front wheel stops it. The wheel is perfectly true, and none of the spokes seem to have a radically low tension.

Any suggestions on cause and how to stop?
 

AndyRM

XOXO
Location
North Shields
Earplugs?
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Here's my really useless response. I had it once, just after I'd had a wonky wheel re-trued. I oiled the spoke crossovers and squeezed the spokes a bit and it went away, although I can't swear there was cause and effect there. Why don't you try putting a drop of oil on the spoke cross overs?
... putting a drop of oil on the spoke cross overs, but I've tried that to no avail.
Oh. You're on your own sorry.
 

ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I'm getting an annoying tick from the rear wheel, which sounds like a spoke being pinged. I had this on another bike, and solved it by putting a drop of oil on the spoke cross overs, but I've tried that to no avail.

It only happens under load, not on the stand, and is exactly once per wheel revolution. Getting out of the saddle to shift weight to the front wheel stops it. The wheel is perfectly true, and none of the spokes seem to have a radically low tension.

Any suggestions on cause and how to stop?
My singlespeed bike has been plagued by a clicking/ticking noise like that for months. I have tried everything*** I could think of except for one thing but so far, no joy. My list might give you some inspiration though!

The one thing left that I can think of is the bearings in the freehub. I have new ones on order so I should have replaced them in the next few days. If the noise is STILL there, then I have run out of ideas! I'll let you know if that was the problem.

*** I checked...
  • Spokes
  • Chain
  • Stem bolts
  • Saddle
  • Seatpost clamp
  • Quick releases
  • Wheel bearings
  • Bottom bracket
  • Pedals
  • Headset adjustment
  • Shoe cleats
  • Derailleur hanger (no rear mech on the bike, but a chain tensioner connects where one would normally be)
  • Pawls in freehub
  • Chainring wear
  • Chainring bolts
  • Sprocket wear
  • Lockring tightness
  • My knees... :laugh:
 

Sharky

Guru
Location
Kent
Do you have another bike or rear wheel, so you could swap the wheel to the other bike and see if the tick goes with the wheel or stays with the bike, to prove absolutely that it is the wheel at fault.
 
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roubaixtuesday

Veteran
OK, so, update.

20 miles of constant ticking, but by carefully rocking back and fore, managed to replicate stationary.

Then got my son to put his fingers on spokes at the bottom one at a time until found one which stopped the noise. Inserted a carefully fabricated low friction shim (aka bit of yoghurt pot) between the spokes, but no joy. Repeated on the spoke pairs either side - BINGO! Silence restored.

No idea why it has started, or what a proper fix would be. Any ideas? Photo of the precision engineering solution:
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ColinJ

Puzzle game developer
I'm glad that you found the source of the problem. When I checked my spokes I found that the lacing is such that they don't actually touch where they cross!

As for the dirty cassette... I was looking at mine today and thinking that it needs cleaning. It is twice as filthy.:blush:
 

rogerzilla

Legendary Member
I have a front wheel that creaks on climbs, except in heavy rain. The only way to stop it is to oil every rim eyelet. This stops it for about six months. DRC ST19, if you're interested.
 
OP
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roubaixtuesday

Veteran
I'm glad that you found the source of the problem
I always find that the key to solving noises is being able to replicate them stationary. This one just sounded like spokes. Best of luck with yours, sounds like you've done a compete rebuild already!
 
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