Cured a creak

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Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 7:08pm

I've had a creaking noise for a couple of weeks and blamed it on the dry and hot weather making it worse.

I've tried everything:
I listened to my pedals
I listened to my seatpost
I listened to my handle bars
I listened to my knees
I listened to my pedals

Everything I listened to, I couldn't zoom into what I could hear generally. The creaking wasn't there when I climbed hills or flew down them. It wasn't there if I went No Hands or even when I rode on the drops. It wasn't there when I rode with one foot off and one foot on. It wasn't there when I tried to figure out what it was!

It was there when I rode normally and only on the flat! :shock:

It was only there when I wasn't looking for it.
How annoying is that?

I took off my saddle and greased the clamp and greased the post and greased the seat tube.
I took out my quill stem and greased the stem and steerer tube.
I checked the quill/bar clamp bolt wedge and tightened it even more than it was tightened before.
I checked the cables and the way they were laced.
I checked my cleats - and shoes - and both pedal bearings.

Off the bike, I could flex and strain and push and pull everything I could, and nothing made any sound. :shock:

What was it that cured it this afternoon?
Been out for test ride this evening, and I've sorted it. :D

Have a guess what it was.
Mick F. Cornwall

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Brucey » 22 Jul 2013, 7:54pm

chainring bolts....?

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 8:12pm

new sunglasses

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 8:32pm

Nope and nope.
Don't wear sunglasses any more when riding the bike.

One of the first things I panicked about was the chainring bolts and the crank bolts, but they were fine.
Should've listed those.
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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 8:41pm

bar end plugs

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 8:43pm

Nope.

Only got one .... in the left. RH has a mirror plugged in .....
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Re: Cured a creak

Postby chris3vic » 22 Jul 2013, 8:44pm

I once was driven mad by a knocking / clicking sound that made me want to smash my bike into a thousand pieces. Couldn't diagnose it no matter where I looked or what I did. Turned out to be a loose fitting in the sizing cog thing at the back of my helmet. Boy did I feel daft when I discovered it.

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 8:45pm

new cap with creaky peak

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 8:59pm

:D
Nope.

I could pedal along on the flat creaking away, but climbing a hill it was silent. The noise sounded to be coming from the front of the bike and I couldn't recreate it when standing still and flexing stuff.

The creaking was a creaking/cracking/squeaking/groaning noise. I started to fear the worst thinking it was the steerer tube or summat! :shock: The bike frame is nearly 28years old, but the bike felt fine on the corners and climbing and braking.
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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 9:03pm

when climbing are you seated or not?

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby cycleruk » 22 Jul 2013, 9:08pm

Can we assume it's on the bike?

GPS fitting?
There's no such thing as a tailwind.
It's either a headwind, or you're going well.

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 9:13pm

Seated.
Rarely do I stand up out of the saddle.

TBH, I didn't try it to see if it altered the creaking noise. Now I know what I know, and I know what caused it, the creak would have disappeared had I stood up.

The noise was definitely on the bike and not anything accessory to it.

Clue:
I have a Cinelli 1R quill stem.
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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 9:35pm

is it a saddle with a tensioning bolt?

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Re: Cured a creak

Postby Mick F » 22 Jul 2013, 9:40pm

First thought was my Brooks, but the noise seemed different and further forward.

I took the saddle off and greased the clamp, greased the seatpost and reassembled. Next ride was as creaky as the last, so I gave the saddle a good dose of Proofide top and bottom paying much attention all the the metal bits.

No difference at all.
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Re: Cured a creak

Postby mig » 22 Jul 2013, 9:49pm

pixies not involved? :wink: