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Creaking from peddle kinda area.. When I push down..

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Jack, 16 Jul 2007.

  1. Jack

    Jack New Member

    Location:
    UK
    From what I can tell, sounds like it might be the bottom bracket? Does that seem right? Easy to fit a new one myself, or is a trip to the LBS on the cards?

    Cheers

    Jack
     
  2. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Check all the chainring bolts are done up tight, those are usually the culprit.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Jack

    Jack New Member

    Location:
    UK
    Ok, will give them a check. As it happens I have just put a new chainset on, so maybe something has worked loose.. Thinking about it though, I think this creaking started before that.. Anyway, I will check they are all fully tightened.

    Cheers.
     
  4. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    Grasp the pedal arms, check the BB for any play. (like you previously mentioned)

    Also remember bikes are ventriloquists :blush: :laugh: :tongue: and can throw their creaks 'n' squeaks quite effectively. :eek:
     
  5. minnsy

    minnsy New Member

    Pedals...on my MTB it is always the pedals (I use flats)...might not sound like it comes from the pedals...but is always does! First signs of the pedal bearings wearing out. Solution for me was take them off and 'bathe' them in oil overnight...

    My roadie doesn't squeak...but there again, it doesn't spend most of its life in the mud...

    Cheers...
     
  6. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    Try a drop of oil on your pedal mechanism and clean out your cleat bolt holes, could be a stray bit of grit in them graunching on the pedal.

    What pedals have you got btw?
     
  7. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    And if all that doesn't work, take the cranks off, clean and grease the interfaces and reassemble.

    True, creaks can come from unexpected places. I thought I had a creaky handlebar recently, turned out to be the saddleclamp.
     
  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Every noise sounds like it is from the bottom bracket area because when you push on the pedal is when the stress is transmitted through the rest of the bike. It could well be from there of course, but the saddle is worth a quick check first. A loose clamp bolt or even not having the top and bottom of the clamp directly in line were the source of my last two mystery noises.

    Loose cleat bolts are another common cause, they come under more stress than any other fastener on the bike and nearly always benefit from another tweak after initial fitting.
     
  9. Shaun

    Shaun Founder Staff Member

    If you're using clipless pedals, try a drop of oil on the spring-mechs - does the trick for me. :eek:

    Actually, that reminds me, I need to oil mine ....
     
  10. coxy

    coxy New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Creaky saddle rail? Does it stop when you stand?
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    how old are you?

    it might be your hip
     
  12. OP
    OP
    Jack

    Jack New Member

    Location:
    UK
    Ok. Chainring bolts all done up tight. Not quite sure how I can check for play in the BB? I think there might be some, I'm not sure though really. :-S

    Don't know how I can check the pedals, but I have felt them and spun them, they seem to be fine to be honest - and the sound sounds like it is coming from the cranks or deeper down in the bike really. On both sides.

    I have really basic simple pedals at the moment, just at the moment trying to choose between a few SPD jobbies. Will update my pedal thread after this actually! So yeah - not clipless at the moment.

    Whereabouts are the cleat bolts? Sorry. :eek:

    Doesn't stop when I stand - and I am 18. :blush:

    Thanks for all the help everyone.
     
  13. Chuffy

    Chuffy Veteran

    If it's your pedals than the sound will travel along the crank and be magnified by the frame.

    Ok, so probably not your pedals then. If they were clipless then the mechanism on the pedal would be a prime suspect.

    You haven't got any. Not if you don't have clipless pedals. If/when you do then they are the bolts holding the cleat onto your shoe.

    Could be the seatpost. If the frame flexes then the post could be the culprit and it would make no difference whether you stood or sat. Remove and grease well.

    Creaks are a real sod to nail down. Good luck.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    Jack

    Jack New Member

    Location:
    UK
    Thanks Chuffy. I'll give the seatpost a grease tomorrow and see if it helps.
     
  15. Defo try the seatpost before doing anything with the BB, I was at the LBS and I mentioned a noise coming from what I feared was the BB, he had a look at it and said that it was likely needing replaced. Took it home and noticed that the seatpost clamp was a tad loose. Tada, no more squeeky bike, saved myself £50!!