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Crackling wheels(6 posts)

Crackling wheelsGoose
Apr 27, 2001 4:02 PM
My wheels (Ultegra to Open Pro) have developed some crackling/creaking. When riding, particularly when putting extra pressure on the wheels (out of the saddle, for instance), they crackle. It sounds very much like spokes settling on a new set of wheels, but these are 18 months old. They still seem strong and ride well, so any ideas on how to quiet them?

Thanks!
It's the evelets (nm)KStone
Apr 27, 2001 4:48 PM
So would a little lube at each eyelet help? nmGoose
Apr 28, 2001 10:10 AM
re: Crackling wheelsPCH
Apr 27, 2001 6:54 PM
Have you tried dropping a little lite oil on the spoke where they cross and at the hub?

I use a little 3in1 oil. Also, check where the spokes cross and see if you have worn a groove in the opposing spoke. If so, you might want to file them smooth and lube them.

PCH
Filing Spokes...Brian B.
Apr 28, 2001 12:59 PM
I'd have to venture a guess that if you've worn grooves into your spokes, filing them down is not a great idea. Maybe rebuild the wheel with new spokes? I can't envision any situation where taking more material off a spoke will be benficial in the long run.

Brian B.
re: Crackling wheelsGregJ
Apr 29, 2001 8:08 AM
A drop of oil on the nipples would be a great place to start. Then check for loose spokes, if you find some tighten them to match the tension of the other spokes, you will probably have to true the wheel afterwards. If the spokes are making noise where they cross, run a peice of emory cloth through the cross to remove any burrs, filing them smooth should not be necessary. Also, check for cracks in the rim, especially at the weld.