Rule #65 // Maintain and respect your machine.
Bicycles must adhere to the Principle of Silence and as such must be meticulously maintained. It must be cherished, and when leaning it against a wall, must be leaned carefully such that only the bars, saddle, or tires come in contact with the wall or post. This is true even when dismounting prior to collapsing after the World Championship Time Trial. No squeaks, creaks, or chain noise allowed. Only the soothing hum of your tires upon the tarmac and the rhythm of your breathing may be audible when riding. When riding the Pave, the sound of chain slap is acceptable. The Principle of Silence can be extended to say that if you are suffering such that your breathing begins to adversely effect the enjoyment of the other riders in the bunch, you are to summarily sit up and allow yourself to be dropped.10
I have a compact double on my cyclocross bike - FSA cranks and 105 gears. I'm using it on the road but cannot get rid of the chain noise. I cannot find any obvious rubbing with the front derailleur etc and have adjusted the indexing all the way till it skips up and down a gear without a silent spot. It is my first 10 speed cassette (all my MTBs are 9 speed).
i am assuming it is perfectly possible to 'rig for silent running' - any hints on where to start troubleshooting?