Why does my back wheel sound like it is rubbing when it is not?
July 22, 2004 9:26 PM Subscribe
Mysterious bicycle problem: When I'm on my road bike it sounds like the rear brakes are rubbing, but if I get off the bike and spin the wheel, I can see there is plenty of clearance, the wheel is true, and there's no sound. What is going on?
posted by teg to Travel & Transportation (21 answers total)
This bike is a Giant OCR 3, only a few months old. I could take it into the shop, but they're quite out of the way, so I'd prefer to fix this myself if I can.
The sound seems to occur with every revolution of the rear wheel, not just when I'm pedaling. I don't feel a major drag on the bike, but it's new so I don't have much to compare to. Things I've checked: The brake pads are well clear of the rubber of the tire. If I flip the lever to give the brakes more clearance, there is still a sound. Tire pressure is as recommended. I removed and re-seated the tube and tire in case there was something there, but they look fine.