Creaking?
Last Post 05/26/2013 10:21 AM by Kenny Gonzales. 17 Replies.
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buttsbrian

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06/28/2009 08:39 PM
I have a creak every time I stand up on my pedals. It is not specific to a down stroke on either side and I don't think it's chain related. Any advice on tracking it down?
ben

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09/02/2009 08:50 PM
Tighten your skewers
ms

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09/23/2009 05:52 AM
could also be a loose bottom bracket, headset, or stem bolts (you torque the handlebars more when standing).
buttsbrian

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09/25/2009 12:01 AM
I got it! lubed every bolt on the bike! I am pretty sure it was the BB though. Lubed and tightened those as well.
sbarrie

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09/27/2009 05:43 PM
Just turn up the music!!!
gsmola82

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10/12/2009 08:52 PM

Wow, I've noticed the same thing about 2 rides ago.  My bike is 3 weeks old and carbon fiber, so I was worried that the carbon is damaged somewhere .  It would actually make 2 or 3 quick cracks as soon as I'd pedal standing up.

trouble

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10/20/2009 10:10 PM
If your sure it's coming from around the BB, let me ask you this, What kind of pedals? how old are the cleats? Do you use orthopedic inserts? What kind of wheels? Is the left crank arm installed to spec? Try a flat non clipless pedal to see if the creaks go away, check your cleats, if they're not worn a little grease between the base of the shoe and the cleat helps (esp if they are carbon). I kid you not, I have put baby powder on aftermarket shoe inserts to get rid of a creaky bike. Try a different Rear wheel, if it's your wheel it could just need a little adjustment (look for side to side play in the axle) Is the spoke tension a little soft? if so, try a half turn on the drive side and a quarter turn on the non drive. Sometime a little tri flow on each nip helps with the noise too. If you have already reinstalled the BB or installed a new one, remove the left arm and grease the crank bolt  and and any metal on metal contact. If after all that and your bike still creaks, take it to your friendly neighborhood bike shop and let the monkeys figure it out, 99% of the time it can be diagnosed in one test ride by a competent mechanic.
gsmola82

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10/24/2009 05:54 AM
I believe it's in the crank hub. Everything is brand new on it. I was scared it was the carbon being damaged somewhere, but I've heard this noise before on a steel bike.
GJanney

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05/22/2013 10:33 PM
I like the post from trouble. It is rarely, rarely the BB. It is so difficult for a BB to loosen and/or creak, and so much easier for many other parts around the BB to creak (pedals, crank arm, etc.).
79pmooney

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05/22/2013 11:04 PM
If you read enough stories of creaks you hear one repeating theme. Many, many different creaks from all over the bike are heard through the BB. If you hear it there, then you have narrowed the source to your bike. Trouble's list is a good start. So are Ben (edit: the ben who posted early in this thread years ago, not me) and ms'.

Ben
Entheo

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05/23/2013 08:01 AM
Posted By Ben Landers on 09/02/2009 08:50 PM
Tighten your skewers


first thing i do and usually solves the problem.
Spud

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05/23/2013 08:21 AM
Often found that my creaks are pedal/cleat related.
jrt1045

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05/23/2013 08:49 AM
I have also found spokes and the replaceable hanger to be the culprit. Part of the checklist on a creaker
lochness

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05/23/2013 09:56 AM
Creaks: If you have the time and inclination, perform the following operation. Take a handful of small bearings (loose), add a small amount of grease, remove end cap from "friend's" handlebar, insert bearings, wait two days while they go insane trying to fix the intermittent rattle.
jrt1045

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05/23/2013 11:32 AM
slight drift, but related to messing with "friends"

you can also fill their bike full of water (tubes, too), or stick a hot dog in the seat tube (stinks to high heaven after a few days) - fun times at the bike shop

we also "acquired" a book of parking tickets from a Police bike repair that was never picked up and wrote tickets to problem customers as they were in the store. Bizarre parking infractions issued by badge #666, we used to howl as they went away mad...at someone else. It was quite a game to keep the rube occupied as the ticket was left under the wiper

those were the days

Keith Richards

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05/23/2013 11:49 AM
This thread was started in 2009. Brian Butts was a MONSTER on the scene back in the day. Wonder if he is still racing?
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
geosurf

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05/23/2013 04:30 PM
+1 Spud on the cleats. Although lately it's been my joints/old bones that creak.
"When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." H.G. Wells
Gonzo Cyclist

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05/26/2013 10:21 AM
start from the inside and work your way out, BB and cranks, check your chain ring bolts, then remove, clean and re-grease the threads on your pedals, then check your shoes and cleats.
But as stated before, I have had a creak, and it was some spokes on the rear wheel one time, and skewers on another


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