Dr Hutch's guide to the noises your bike makes, and how to stop them

What is that mysterious noise coming from your bike? Dr Hutch has the answer

I don’t wear headphones when I’m cycling — I don’t want to be insulated from the world that I’m riding in. Hearing the birds tweet and the farmers in their fields is part of the pleasure of cycling.

It means I can also hear the squeaks, rattles and creaks that, in the real world of cycling, can tell the experienced listener exactly what their next expensive trip to a bike shop is going to be about.

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Michael Hutchinson is a writer, journalist and former professional cyclist. As a rider he won multiple national titles in both Britain and Ireland and competed at the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. He was a three-time Brompton folding-bike World Champion, and once hit 73 mph riding down a hill in Wales. His Dr Hutch columns appears in every issue of Cycling Weekly magazine