Not very free freewheel?

jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
edited May 2013 in Workshop
While investigating an annoying click I've been getting with each revolution of my rear wheel when either freewheeling or pedalling (and only while I am riding, thus when the bike is under load), I discovered that my rear wheel begins to slow quite quickly once lifted from the ground and spun (nothing noticeably rubbing). Equally, if I then rotate the crank in a backwards motion it slows the spinning wheel even quicker. This can't be right, can it? Any advice on what be going wrong?



  • 16mm
    16mm Posts: 545
    Your freewheel contains a bearing that allows it to spin , and a ratchet that makes it only spin in one direction.

    You shouldn't expect too much friction when freewheeling, so perhaps the bearing is worn? You can replace the whole freehub.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Do you want to pop over and we can have a look?
    left the forum March 2023
  • jonny_trousers
    jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
    Cheers you two!

    That might be a good idea Ugo. I'll be in touch.
  • jonny_trousers
    jonny_trousers Posts: 3,588
    Hmm, I feel a bit of a pillock now, but when I got home tonight I discovered my rear mudguard was rubbing. I sorted it out, spun the wheel and it would still be rotating now if I hadn't stopped it :oops: