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Creaking seatpost or saddle rail

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by goo_mason, 8 May 2008.

  1. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    My new SCR2 started creaking last week when my backside was on the saddle and I was puuting in the effort. If I reduced the effort or lifted off the saddle, the creaking stopped.

    As is usual, I greased the seatpost thinking that was at fault, but the creaking continued. So I took the saddle off and greased the saddle rails, but this morning it's STILL creaking :biggrin:

    What should I try next ? Should I grease the seatpost clamp too ? Or is it known for Selle Royal Viper saddles to creak very loudly and transmit the noise down the post ?
     
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    handlebar clamp?
     
  3. Drop of dry lube where the rails attach to the saddle base reckon.
     
  4. redjedi

    redjedi Über Member

    Location:
    Brentford
    I had the same recently. I actually thought it was the handlebars for a long time.

    I discovered it was the seat clamp done up to tight. Try loosening it a bit.
     
  5. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    When this happened to me it was because the seat clamp bolt was not tightened enough.
     
  6. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Creaks are a bloody nightmare to trace. A recent one I had disappeared when I tightened the screws on the base of the saddle.
     
  7. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    Definitely the seatpost or the seatpost clamp - saddle has been removed and putting backwards and forwards pressure on the seatpost makes it tick and creak. I'll try more liberal application of grease and maybe not tighten the clamp as much.

    Off to do that now - I'll report back !
     
  8. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    As mickle says - common where the rails meet the saddle underbody - my Flite Titanium does this sometimes - spray lube into the rail/underbody contact points.

    As said, also check the clamp !
     
  9. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    Fossyant, are you or were you active on Hi-Fi or car forums? The reason I ask is that your forum name seems familiar.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    I'll try that tonight. Still creaking on the way in this morning. In addition, a 'ting-ting-ting' joined the orchestra 1/2 way to work; a broken spoke on the back wheel. Sigh. The bike's only three weeks old - perhaps at 15st 10 I'm too heavy for it ?! :evil:
     
  11. small fish

    small fish Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Hmm interesting...

    Hope you don't mind if I jump in with a similar query (rather than start a new thread.)

    I too have an irritating creak... I first thought it was coming from the saddle but it still happens when I'm out of the saddle, and it is only when I'm pushing hard on the right pedal.

    I hadn't thought about it coming from the handlebars - what should I tighten/loosen/investigate - the bolts at either end of the stem?
     
  12. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Small fish - check pedals are tight, cranks are tight, chain rings are tight, and BB isn't showing play, or that it's seated properly/tight in the frame. Best thing is to strip down, re-grease and re-assemble (that's generally what I'd do).

    Handle bar - undo and regrease then re-assemble.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    And if you're on a MTB with front suspension, check that out too. Took me ages to isolate that one - obviously a bit dry inside and something was rubbing when the fork compressed as I pedalled. It too only seemed to happen when one pedal was pushed.
     
  14. small fish

    small fish Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    cool thanks - i had wondered about chain rings/bb. Hopefully it's the bars though that sounds less scary to fix.

    (Also wondering if something got damaged in recent 20mph impact with car, though i was discounting that as the noise was already there before the crash)

    This chasing noises thing can become an obsession - I only noticed the creak after I removed my rattling bell. And I only noticed the rattling bell when light evenings meant I could remove my rattling front light!

    Now, if I can just master how to pedal hard with my right foot whilst riding with no hands and standing out of the saddle I'll be able to work out for sure if it's coming from down below...
     
  15. Ranger

    Ranger New Member

    Location:
    Fife borders
    I bought an SCR at the weekend through our bike to work scheme, but had a chat about them to my LBS mechanic (who isn't supplying the bike). His one negative comment to me was regarding the wheels, they expect to rebuild them for anyone over about 11st as they are not particularly strong and need the spokes replacing for another type. At this point he went into technical details and everything got a bit hazy, but I think I nodded at the right bits:blush: