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As the weather is good I've been commuting on my carbon rims recently, which happen to have a very noisy freehub!

Riding home the other day on the cycle path I got some aggro from a cyclist in front of me, who I was perfectly happy to sit well behind until it was safe to pass. She thought I was hassling her because of the angry sounding wheel apparently. I tried briefly to explain that is just what they sound like and there is nothing I could do about it. What do you say to that? Is this person just a bit daft or should I expect some people won't understand why some wheels are noisy? Its not the first time I sensed people feel a bit intimidated by the sound, maybe I should only get them out on the open roads

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Global Nomad [23 posts] 4 months ago
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I have Hunt wheels and the hub is very noisy when freewheeling,  works very well when commuting in London more useful than a bell, becasue everyone can hear me coming when I need them too. A little more emabarassing when in the countryside or drafting - but just makes me practice getting my cadence right to avoid freewheeling behind someone.  Walking to my office without informing everyone in the building is harder though....

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ktache [1996 posts] 4 months ago
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Gave the Rohloff build a shakedown ride to the Hardwick Veg Shack this afternoon, it's weirdly noisy, different noises in different gears when pedaling, and also different noises in different gears when freewheeling too.  Nothing too loud though, thank goodness.

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OldRidgeback [3211 posts] 4 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

I'm sure my carbon wheels and frame amplify my hub, but it's not nearly loud enough.

Are there any 3rd party add-ons to increase the noise? Something like spokey-dokeys but for the hub.

There are these:

https://laughingsquid.com/turbospoke-a-fake-exhaust-system-for-bicycles/

It'd be a hoot if a pack of road riders had bikes kitted out with these.

Intriguing ... do they do one in carbon fibre?

They're plastic I think. I'm sure you could get some stick on carbon fibre to make it look the part.

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hawkinspeter [3944 posts] 4 months ago
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OldRidgeback wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

I'm sure my carbon wheels and frame amplify my hub, but it's not nearly loud enough.

Are there any 3rd party add-ons to increase the noise? Something like spokey-dokeys but for the hub.

There are these:

https://laughingsquid.com/turbospoke-a-fake-exhaust-system-for-bicycles/

It'd be a hoot if a pack of road riders had bikes kitted out with these.

Intriguing ... do they do one in carbon fibre?

They're plastic I think. I'm sure you could get some stick on carbon fibre to make it look the part.

I've found some carbon fibre wrap which should do the job. BRRRRM! BRRRRRRRRRMMMM!

 

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quiff [160 posts] 4 months ago
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On the "is a noisy hub more / less efficient" question, there's an interesting GCN interview with Chris King which discusses this at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgPLJSTWuV4 - starts at 11 mins 25 secs. I'm not particularly mechanically minded, but apparently his hubs were originally intended to be silent, but they were going to have to add grease (and thus drag) to achieve it, and other silent hubs which use a roller clutch similarly have drag 'built in' to achieve silence. 

Surprised that people find Hunt 4 Seasons loud - mine seem positively restrained compared to my Ksyrium Elites! 

 

 

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thelighterthief [57 posts] 4 months ago
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I like to refer to my noisy freehub as a “audible laziness indicator”

really though some people get angry anout everything. 

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OldRidgeback [3211 posts] 4 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:
OldRidgeback wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:

I'm sure my carbon wheels and frame amplify my hub, but it's not nearly loud enough.

Are there any 3rd party add-ons to increase the noise? Something like spokey-dokeys but for the hub.

There are these:

https://laughingsquid.com/turbospoke-a-fake-exhaust-system-for-bicycles/

It'd be a hoot if a pack of road riders had bikes kitted out with these.

Intriguing ... do they do one in carbon fibre?

They're plastic I think. I'm sure you could get some stick on carbon fibre to make it look the part.

I've found some carbon fibre wrap which should do the job. BRRRRM! BRRRRRRRRRMMMM!

 

 

Ace - a bunch of us were going to get thos for BMX races, but didn't get round to it. BC is rather stricter about the rules now so we'd probably get DQd if we tried.

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Captain Beaky [33 posts] 4 months ago
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Perhaps that explains this sign I saw recently in North Yorkshire...

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FluffyKittenofT... [2699 posts] 4 months ago
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In future show sensivity to the easily-harrased and drown out the noise of the freewheel by constantly singing loudly.   Perhaps an acapella rendition of The Flight Of The Valkyries?

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The _Kaner [1200 posts] 4 months ago
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quiff wrote:

Surprised that people find Hunt 4 Seasons loud - mine seem positively restrained compared to my Ksyrium Elites! 

 

 

 

Same here, except I also have the exalith versions...

tick, tick, tick, tick, squeeeeeaaaaaarrrgghhhhh!

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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randonneur [34 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes it is.
Many hubs are noisy which indicates inefficiency as noise is wasted energy.

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crazy-legs [1126 posts] 4 months ago
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Sorry, what was that you were saying @randonneur?

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