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Quick creak question?(4 posts)

Quick creak question?funknuggets
Jul 16, 2002 8:23 AM
If I need to grease my bottom bracket, what kind of noise would it make in a steel frame when climbing. I hear a noise, particularly when climbing on both sides of pedal stroke. Is not in handlebars, wheels, pedals, seatpost or knees.

Thanks in advance.
Creak trackingCalvin
Jul 16, 2002 9:32 AM
There are many different types of creaking and sqeaking noises possible, depending upon the frame. You may need to isolate the souce closer. Remember to fully torque all threaded items, grease alone is not enough.

Say it 10 times fast: "Qucik crank creak question" (nm)OffTheBack
Jul 16, 2002 3:40 PM
re: Quick creak question?grzy
Jul 16, 2002 4:50 PM
Depends on the type of BB, but typically it's more like a "clicking" which sounds a lot like worn chain,
chainrings, and/or loose chainring bolts moving around. Grease may not be the answer, you could just need an adjustment, but if it's worn too much then you're looking at replacement. Grease doesn't really fix anything - it helps prevents things from wearing. Once they're worn all the grease in the world won't help. Or it could be that you cups simply are no longer correctly torqued and they're actually floating around in the BB shell.

Kinda interested in how you've arrived at the conclussion that it's not in some areas, but you don't know if it's in the BB. Tracking down pedal related noises is notoriously deceptive. On bikes, the chain tends to wear first, but keeps going and starts to do a number on the rest of the drivetrain. One day you realize the whole thing is shot. Sometimes you get lucky and just replace a few components, but realize that everything else isn't far behind.