Spoke noise

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by hatless, 5 May 2008.

  1. hatless

    hatless Über Member

    My 'new' second-hand bike makes noises, especially going up hill. They took a while to track down, but it's clearly spoke noise, the pingy rubbing and flexing sound. I can reproduce it by squeezing the spokes.

    This week it suddenly got worse. I had broken a spoke! It's now been replaced, but the spoke noise is still there, in fact rather worse than before the break.

    This doesn't seem normal to me. Should I take it back to my lbs? Or doesn't it really matter?
  2. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    I'll bet even money it's uneven spoke tensions, which ultimately is a bad thing [for the wheel]. First you'll break more spokes. Then some more. Then you'll throw the bloody wheel off a bridge.

    I would ask the LBS to give the wheel a real good look over and adjust/tension/replace as necessary.
  3. A teensy bit of oil at the spoke /hub intersection can help - and between crossing spokes

  4. Thats right BUT just put it where the spokes cross in the middle if the spokes are making a noise any where else there is some thing up.
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