Help!!!! Please

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by chris42, 10 Jul 2007.

  1. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    I need some help/inspiration!
    When I stand to pedal, ie sprint or power up hill, I have the most annoying tick/click coming from my bike.
    I've changed the wheels, changed my shoes, lubed everything, tightened the cranks, pedals, head set bars stem and still the noise is there.
    It seems to be at the bottom of the pedal stroke mainly on the drive side but also sometimes on the other side.
    I ride a trek carbon with bontrager carbon cranks that like dura ace have the bearings on the outside.
    Any ideas would be great.

  2. OP

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    Yes sorry forgot to mention had my knees checked!
    very good!
  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    If the noise only appears when you are out of the saddle I would suspect a loose headset. Assuming you have an A-Headset type, loosen the clamp bolts and give a 1/8 of a turn on the top nut to torque it down a bit more then see if that helps.

    With modern integrated headsets they can appear to be correctly adjusted because there is no play when you apply the brake and rock the bike, but I find they need just that little bit more torque than the old type to seat correctly. When you are out of the saddle and pulling on the bars the minute degree of play will show up.

    If adjusting doesn't help, try a strip and clean of the bearings.
  4. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    i'd start by trying a different pair of pedals. :blush:

    good luck in finding the problem
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    handlebars in stems a area a great place for creaks. thin smear of grease will fix it.
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Chain ring bolts tight? Bent tooth (on the chain rings, that is!)?
  7. OP

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    yes I checked them def tight.???
  8. Oddsos

    Oddsos Über Member

    I've found the wheel/frame interface can click or creak. Checking that the skewers are tight and lightly greasing the drop outs can help.
  9. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Ain't something really simple like the bearings in your pedal bracket starting to wear out or in need of oiling is it?
  10. OP

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    Don't think so, new dura ace pedals with only around 1200 miles on them since april?
    I'll pull them apart tonight.
  11. It's probably the undone zip on your jacket pinging on the bars :blush:
  12. Oldlegs

    Oldlegs Frogs are people too.

    Brake cable tapping the top tube?
    Is'nt it infuriating. If just spent the best part of a week doing the same things - turned the bottom bracket needed greasing.
    Good luck.
  13. Bottom bracket would have been my guess too - stripped one of my tourers in spring for exactly the same reason and removing, lubing (copper grease) and refitting the BB cured it.

    And yes, I'd changed the pedals too before that! :blush:

    Really, you just have to keep trying stuff, starting with the most likely (as people have suggested) until you get there.
  14. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    I will repeat my earlier advice, if it happens only when you are out of the saddle suspect the headset. If that is ok then bars, stem or levers as whatever is creaking is doing so when you are pulling on the front end.

    Any noise from the bb or cleats and pedals or the back end of the bike will be constant whether you are standing or sitting.
  15. simon_adams_uk

    simon_adams_uk Veteran

    SW London
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