creaking front end

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by alecstilleyedye, 10 Apr 2010.

  1. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    my alu frame/carbon fork bike is creaking when the bars are turned. there is no apparent play in the headset (front brake on and rocking).

    any ideas?
     
  2. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Cables rubbing?
     
  3. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    gonna blow! duck!
     
  4. OP
    OP
    alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    don't think so, at least not on the frame…
     
  5. OP
    OP
    alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    ;)

    hope you're 'avin a laugh…
     
  6. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    One other thing, do your headset bearings have rubber seals?
     
  7. OP
    OP
    alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    dunno. it's an integrated headset. actually, i have seen o'ring seals in at the top end…
     
  8. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Location:
    Failsworth
    Actually, not entirely. I had a creaking front end on the kaffenback one morning- later on that day, I was pulling up in the bars climbing a steep hill and the bars came away in my hands. Carbon steerer.

    Moral of the story: listen to the bike!
     
  9. OP
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    alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    mine's an alu steerer though. today's ride was pretty flat and i was only out of the saddle once. i spin up hills rather than stand up honking, so i'm reasonable easy on the machinery.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    gerry had it right first time. it's the sound of the front cables hitting each other as the bars turn; if i hold on to them the noise is not apparent. alu frame transmit a lot more noise than steel or (presumably) carbon fibre…

    a reason for going campag i suppose, although not a compelling one…
     
  11. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    Long, long ago, was it possible to buy a little gizmo that kept the cables apart from one another where they crossed below the bars? I have a very dim and distant memory of such a device .............
     
  12. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Location:
    Peterborough
    When i first read the post, i thought..ah ha ! ive had that, but mine was a full carbon fork.
    Creaking when hitting uneveness in the road etc and turning. It quite alarmed me thinking the carbon was failing.
    LBS diagnosed mine quickly...and although everything was tight, he undid the topcap bolt, loosened the stem a bit and 'bumped' the front wheel on the floor then tightened everything back up.
    I guess the headset/fork wasnt quite tight enough. Never been a problem since.
     
  13. gb155

    gb155 Fan Boy No More.

    Location:
    Manchester-Ish

    Thats scary, My front end creaks every time I stand up, but then I am a fat ******* :wacko:
     
  14. youngoldbloke

    youngoldbloke The older I get, the faster I used to be ...

    - on my new (at the time) carbon forked Al framed bike, and like the OP, after thinking the worst, and checking out everything else, it was the cables rubbing against one another where they cross in front of the head tube. Minor rearrangement, plus an application of a tiny amount of WD40 to the outers where they touched and problem solved. I expect a touch of Pledge or similar on the cables would work too.

    Oh, by the way, My front end creaks every time I stand up, but then I am a fat ***** - is that on or off the bike .........?

    LOL
     
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