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photoblog image Audax Randonneurs #3

Audax Randonneurs #3

After 80km, and approaching the Chong Chom Cambodia border crossing...feeling strong, and in the fine company of my shadow, after passing through the second Checkpoint.

 

My bike, which is more than 20 years old, has developed an alarming  groaning/screaming sound, but I haven't a clue what it is trying to tell me.  The sound persisted, and even got worse as the ride progressed...it was one thing that motivated me to ride on my own rather than with my group, as it clearly upset some riders who seemed to think I was being unpleasant to my bike...this will be an issue very soon! 

 

[Olie, my friendly bike shop operator and leader of our group, spent a couple of days with the bike the following week, and eventually located the cause of the sound as a failing bearing in the free-wheel mechanism on the back wheel axle.]

Audax Randonneurs #3

After 80km, and approaching the Chong Chom Cambodia border crossing...feeling strong, and in the fine company of my shadow, after passing through the second Checkpoint.

 

My bike, which is more than 20 years old, has developed an alarming  groaning/screaming sound, but I haven't a clue what it is trying to tell me.  The sound persisted, and even got worse as the ride progressed...it was one thing that motivated me to ride on my own rather than with my group, as it clearly upset some riders who seemed to think I was being unpleasant to my bike...this will be an issue very soon! 

 

[Olie, my friendly bike shop operator and leader of our group, spent a couple of days with the bike the following week, and eventually located the cause of the sound as a failing bearing in the free-wheel mechanism on the back wheel axle.]

comments (14)

sounds like you did not have much of an option, Ray, unless you completely pulled out of the ride.
Ray: Right on, Ayush...so, I did the ride on my own from this point on, and tried to ignore the awful noise.
Going strong, though, Ray!
Ray: At this stage, Elizabeth, the body is feeling no pain. smile
Was he able to do anything about it?
Ray: Oh yes...repaired rather than replaced and the World is in harmony once more, Bill.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Dec 2017, 04:55
Now this looks great and I am glad that Olie found the squeak and I hope he killed it smile
Ray: Khun Olie replaced a handful of ball bearings, and all is well again, Astrid.
You're in good form, Ray, and now, apparently, so is your bike. Carry on!
Ray: Thank you, Ginnie...I shall try!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Dec 2017, 05:45
I am glad you are being kind to your bike Ole Bean, otherwise it might tip you off, at speed, horizontally though a window, or fast food cart, or something worse..
Ray: Stay tuned, Chris! sad
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Dec 2017, 07:20
Next time you go out before light, please get your kit ready the day before as you seemed to picked up the wrong shorts to match the top.
Ray: I am a free-form dresser for cycling, Alan.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Dec 2017, 08:49
I hope your bearing does not give out during this trip Ray. My advice is to ride on smooth bits of road.
Ray: Thank you for that advice, Chad...this is not a good place to have one's bearing give out.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Dec 2017, 12:08
Yes, there must be a good relationship between you and your bike. You look like a passionate bike, also the shorts are okay.
Ray: Bicycling is a recent hobby/passion, Philine, although I have enjoyed cycling for much of my life.

For example, at ages 11-13 I had a newspaper delivery round in a small Australian Town.

This bicycle is special. My youngest Australian Son, Jacob, used this bike when he competed in National Junior Championships about 20 years ago...he gave me this bicycle 18 months ago, and this re-ignited my passion.

Mr Rolfe and I have a running joke about the use of these skin-tight lycra cycling shorts...I use them whenever I ride, but he refuses to wear them at all.
I guess with every turn of the pedals you were thinking just another one please.
Ray: It is funny, Brian, but I was talking [under my breath] to the bike as I rode along in the latter stages of the ride...urging it to persist like its engine [me].
I guess that in bike terms it is positively vintage!
Ray: I would say this bike matches its rider in that respect, Tom...and, it is unusual to see such a combination on rides like this.

The bike has a steel frame...the Italian Frame-maker, Gipiemme, stayed with Reynolds premium 853 steel at a time when its competitors were abandoning steel for aluminium, carbon-fibre and titanium. This frame, branded "Sonic", has a carbon-fibre front fork. Gipiemme is best known for its high quality bike wheels these days.

The bike's rider is a one-off model...
I am glad you found the reason for the noise...
Ray: My friend Olie played with the bike for 2 days before he located the problem, Larry. Then he had a bit of a challenge to buy the parts needed for repair, due to the age of the bike. Olie prefers repairing things to replacing whole sub-assemblies where possible.

I am delighted that the bike is fine again.
Looking a bit pensive here but that is certainly understandable. A couple of years ago my son picked me up at the Toronto airport. On the ride to his home he was explaining that his car had just started making this weird sound like an airplane taking off. I suggested bearings and he was amazed that his old Ma knew such a thing.
Ray: I think my natural expression is either "pensive" or "fierce", or somewhere in between, Mary, and this was a candid shot. At this stage I was concerned about the bike, but really enjoying the ride.

I make it a practise to listen to the vehicle I am operating, and there have been times where I have anticipated a failure.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 28 Dec 2017, 05:57
Ah, I see you have moved to randonneuring. At least it was the bike making those ghastly sounds, and not you, ray!
Ray: A bit later in the ride I was wondering if the sound might be coming from me, Lisl! smile

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