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Rad Power Bikes Spoke Tightening (Clicking sound from wheel)
« on: March 18, 2019, 06:26:35 PM »
I see a lot of people asking about a clicking sound on the Rad bikes. This too happened on my 2018 Rad Wagon and it was coming from the rear wheel and was due to loose spokes. This was more noticeable when the bike had a lot of weight on it. While you can always take this to the bike shop I recommend buying your own spoke wrench since they are incredibly cheap and it is easy to tighten them. You'll also have the tool for any adjustments you need to make down the road. Remember to tighten them it will opposite to righty tighty, lefty loosey - assuming you're looking at them top down. I went around every spoke to feel how tight they were and made minor adjustments to each and then took it for a test ride. Rinse and repeat until the sound stops!

All Rad Bikes have 12 gauge spokes. You'll want to buy the Park Tool SW-3 which fits nipple size .156" or 3.96MM (higher quality, more expensive option). They are offered in packs or individually.

Park Tool combo pack spoke tool set: SW-0 SW-1 SW-2 SW-3
https://amzn.to/2Y7RQZy

Alternatively you can buy one which has six sizes in one. This is the one I actually purchased and it worked just fine:

https://amzn.to/2W9OROB


« Last Edit: March 18, 2019, 06:34:12 PM by Ryan »
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Re: Rad Power Bikes Spoke Tightening (Clicking sound from wheel)
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 12:35:27 AM »
I'm experiencing the ticking, too.  I just got the bike this week and only have 35 miles on it so I was worried.  Thanks for the advice.  I could not find anything rubbing, so I assume it is spokes!  I'll be fixing them tomorrow.

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Re: Rad Power Bikes Spoke Tightening (Clicking sound from wheel)
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 04:37:09 PM »
I'm experiencing the ticking, too.  I just got the bike this week and only have 35 miles on it so I was worried.  Thanks for the advice.  I could not find anything rubbing, so I assume it is spokes!  I'll be fixing them tomorrow.

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Glad I could help - let us know how it goes. This is one of the most common issues with Rad Power Bikes when people receive them though it is an easy fix and a good learning experience.
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Re: Rad Power Bikes Spoke Tightening (Clicking sound from wheel)
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2019, 12:47:07 AM »
Well I do not have a Spoke issue. I had all the spokes checked and they were all fine. I also had the brakes checked. Unfortunately, I am still having some drive train noise that appears to be coming from the cranks or gears.   I am headed back to the shop tomorrow,  though the noise is not affecting the performance.   105 miles in 12 days, not too bad.

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Re: Rad Power Bikes Spoke Tightening (Clicking sound from wheel)
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2019, 08:41:14 PM »
Well I do not have a Spoke issue. I had all the spokes checked and they were all fine. I also had the brakes checked. Unfortunately, I am still having some drive train noise that appears to be coming from the cranks or gears.   I am headed back to the shop tomorrow,  though the noise is not affecting the performance.   105 miles in 12 days, not too bad.


Bummer! Do keep us updated on the issue.
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