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Still having a clicking noise problem - need Dx help.(7 posts)

Still having a clicking noise problem - need Dx help.traveler
Aug 7, 2001 7:42 AM
OK....I am having a clicking noise coming from somewhere on the bike while pedaling fairly hard. It happens at each revolution when the pedals/cranks are parallel with the ground. It is not too bad but it is annoying.

For a fix, I have had the bottom bracket overhauled, trued the wheels, lubed the chain, and oiled the spokes a bit where they intersect each other. I have also tightened the cranks and pedals and replced my cleats. I am using Look PP296 pedals with the ARC cleats. The gruppo is Campy Daytona. None of this has stopped the clicking noise.

Any other ideas?

Thanks for any advice.
re: Still having a clicking noise problem - need Dx help.Mike Prince
Aug 7, 2001 7:51 AM
Some ideas (not in any particular order):

- Is it happening when you stand? If not it may be in your seat/post,
- Try (if possible) to ride no hands and see if you can pedal hard enough to make the noise. It could be a clicking in the stem/bar area.
- Check the frame, you could have a crack in a chainstay or elsewhere.
- Mavic rims sometimes develop a click. The solutions are documented somewhere around here.
- Check the chain again. You could have a rivet that protrudes a bit too far and is catching on something, producing a click.
-Check the cassette to make sure it's on tight.
-Check the rear hub axle to make sure the noise isn't the bearings knocking.

As you can tell I've exhausted most of my possibilities
captain obvious says:ak
Aug 7, 2001 8:19 AM
make sure your front derailur cable isn't hitting the cranks or your feet...it's a silly little thing. I'd hate for you to go into re-building your bike if all you did was miss the obvious. Other than that:
tighten crank bolts
grease the heck out of the inside of your casette
grease your seatpost (unless it is high-end carbon, use KY jelly)
grease your seat-post clamp bolt
grease your seat post binder bolt
grease your stem-fork connection
grease your stem-handlebar connection
(are you getting the hint yet? grease everything that can move)
make sure it isn't your knees or ankles clicking (mine click in time with Gospel music favorites, I don't know why)
Bottle cages/Sports drink grunge12x23
Aug 7, 2001 8:41 AM
About 8 years ago I had a similar problem with an OCLV. One of the bottle cages was just a little loose and there was a bunch of dried sports drink build-up in the area. It would click, crack actually, when pedaling hard, more though when standing. I tried most all of the other ideas posted here before I discovered it.
re: Still having a clicking noise problem - need Dx help.PeterRider
Aug 7, 2001 10:03 AM
I have also a clicking that I didn't manage to identify precisely. It happens when I pedal hard, not when my bike is on the stand. And at each turn of my legs.

What I suspect is that the noise comes from the pedals. It has to come from that area, or from the cranks, BB or front derailleur. It is not possible that it comes from the wheels since it comes at each turn of my legs and not at each turn of the wheels.
re: Still having a clicking noise problem - need Dx help.ak
Aug 7, 2001 10:24 AM
that's great peter, why don't you follow the advise of the previous four posts and get back to us if you're still having a problem. And just because if only happens when you pedal does NOT mean that it can only be in your cranks. Pedaling puts added stress on the bike which causes it to creak.
A few more I thought of on my ride home last night...Mike Prince
Aug 8, 2001 12:21 AM
Check the front derailleur clamp. If it's not tight it can move a bit when the BB flexes under load. Don't overtighten the clamp though.

Do you have a loose chainring bolt? Check these - if the noise is occurring in the same place you could have a loose or cracked bolt.