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Front wheel "click" I'm at my wits' end(9 posts)

Front wheel "click" I'm at my wits' endPaulCL
Sep 1, 2002 1:57 PM
Sorry for the stupid post, but this is driving me nuts.

Here goes. Front wheel. Speeddream Aerolight wheel. AC hub. Sapim x-ray spokes. Vittoria Corsa CX TT tires. All the pertinent info.

I have a click. There is no sound when I spin the wheel off the bike, but once I put my weight on the bike, I hear the click in an almost regular fashion. It almost sounds like the 'ping' from a newly adjusted spoke. The wheel is true, the spokes feel tensioned properly. The sound seems to come from a spoke, but I can't narrow it down. There is no debri inside the rim. Anyone else ever have this??

Any suggestions. A couple of weeks ago, the wheel was slightly out of true. I retrued the wheel which eliminated the click. Now the sound has come back but the wheel is true. Help wheel builders!

My next step it to go to the LBS with my tail between my legs.
Clickety clackKerry
Sep 1, 2002 3:33 PM
Can you swap out the front wheel and eliminate the click? Why pursue the front wheel when it could be so many other things! Assuming it is the front wheel, here are four common culprits and their cures:
- inadequate spoke tension (tighten every spoke a quarter turn)
- clicking at the nipples (add a drop of lube to the base of every nipple where it enters the rim)
- clicking at the crosses (add a drop of lube or rub some candle wax at every spoke cross)
- not enough quick release tension (tighten them up and lube everything)
re: Front wheel "click" I'm at my wits' endB2
Sep 1, 2002 9:58 PM
Recently had some "ping" type noises coming from my rear wheel (only under heavy pedal pressure). The noise sounded a bit like when you squeeze two spokes together after you've retensioned a wheel. I put a drop of oil where each spoke connected to the HUB and it solved the problem. Seems like most of the time it's the spoke/rim interface that's the culprit, but you might want to give the spoke/hub interface a try too.

took me months to isolate a click onceSpirito
Sep 1, 2002 10:41 PM
its was a rolf pro front wheel with a tubular tire and with the valve extender attached it would intermittently click as the tire squirmed and the longer valve would slightly rub against the rim hole.

frustratingly it was there sometimes and other times under identical conditions and pressure it would dissappear.

it drove me nuts for almost 2 months whilst i tried to figure out what it was. i even took the tire off and reglued it 3 times while i was checking the spokes for tension and such. luckily my bikeshop was as clueless as i befoe someone posted here o take the vlave extender off and try it without it. voila !!

took me months to isolate a click oncewheels513
Sep 2, 2002 6:34 AM
The way I look at it you have three faults 1) the spokes are not the right size, 2) the wheel was built without grease at the rim nipple seat, 3) the spoke heads were not seated into the hub spoke hole.
re: Front wheel "click" I'm at my wits' endPMC
Sep 2, 2002 7:16 AM
I have a set of Spinergy SR-3 wheels that had a clicking coming from the front rim due to the long valve stem tapping the edge of the valve stem hole. I just wrapped a layer of electrical tape on the valve stem and it went away.

That was after 500 or so annoying miles and not being able to figure it out.

good luck
Sep 3, 2002 5:56 AM
I went ahead and lubed the spokes & nipples. The sound has diminished, but not gone. I'll do a little more lubing, then if that doesn't work, I'll tighten each spoke a litte bit.

Thanks. My sanity is being restored. Paul
By George, I think you've got itKerry
Sep 3, 2002 4:37 PM
The fact that the sound decreased when you lubed the nipples (you didn't do anything else, right?) means that you just need to get the lube to the right place on the right nipple and you'll have it licked. The only caution is to not put so much lube on that it leaks through the rim tape and contacts the inner tube - oil will rot rubber.
So, you're telling me....PaulCL
Sep 4, 2002 4:31 PM
...that I shouldn't have dipped the entire wheel in a vat of motor oil??? OOPS.

Seriously, thanks for the reply. A simple solution to an annoying problem. Why didn't I think of that???? Thanks.Paul