Handlebar/Stem creaking

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Handlebar/Stem creaking

Postby Spinners » 19 Apr 2019, 8:39pm

I've recently gone back to using a skinny-tubed steel frame after a few years on aluminium. I've also gone back to using to a quill stem but when honking up a hill there is an annoying creak. The stem and bars appear to be sound so is it perhaps the (single) bolt on the stem that needs greasing? Any suggestions?
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Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

Postby tim-b » 20 Apr 2019, 6:20am

EDIT: Try cleaning thoroughly with a good solvent first, and check for cracking. If that fails try a thin smear of anti-seize/grease between 'bars and stem and polish off, and anti-seize/grease stem to steerer
EDIT to suggest cleaning as first option

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Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

Postby peetee » 20 Apr 2019, 12:32pm

Bars with a separate sleeve on the centre section can creak and sometimes there is little you can do to eradicate it. Cinelli had a bit of a reputation for it. I always looked out for GB bars when I needed another set and I never had a problem with that brand.
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Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

Postby Brucey » 20 Apr 2019, 12:36pm

creaks are occasionally a single-walled handlebar's way of letting you know there is a crack.


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Re: Handlebar/Stem creaking

Postby eclipse » 21 Apr 2019, 9:27am

....second that...I remember hearing a creaking sound whilst climbing a brute of a hill on my old Raleigh Scorpio; before I reached the top, the left bar decided it had had enough and came away in my hand. The creaking had started a couple of days before, with no obvious cause.