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Awful Creak(9 posts)

Awful Creakdaniell
Aug 22, 2002 11:06 AM
There is a terrible creak when I peddle. I thought that it was the interface between the pedal and the cleat. I sprayed WD40. Still creaks. Is it possible for the sole of the shoe to creak? Shimano 535 and Specialized Mountain shoes.

re: Awful CreakWheelz
Aug 22, 2002 11:10 AM
Take the pedals off the cranks, clean and grease the threads and put them back on. If that does not work, do the same for the bottom bracket, and check your chain ring bolts.
re: Awful Creakdaniell
Aug 22, 2002 11:31 AM
Let me add to it. When I disengage from the cleat, and pedal on the other part of the shoe, there is no sound.

re: Awful CreakWheelz
Aug 22, 2002 11:51 AM
I don't think that makes much difference. 90% of all drive train noises will be corrected by looking at what I wrote earlier. It could be the pedal/cleat interface, but I doubt it.

re: Awful Creakdaniell
Aug 22, 2002 1:24 PM
Just took the BB out. Put in plenty of grease. I went for a test ride. No Creak!

Thanks a lot.

re: Awful CreakWheelz
Aug 22, 2002 2:28 PM
Super! Glad to help.
re: Awful Creakdaniell
Aug 25, 2002 10:05 AM
I really hate to say this, but the creak is back. As I stated before, I re-installed bottom bracket after greasing threads. Made sure crank arms are tight. Let me give some more information. When I am not in saddle creak goes away. When I hit a bump, no creak. When I disengage from creat and peddle, not creak. Sometimes it is silent for a while, then creak returns. I also checked the chainrings. Steel frame, Ultegra Group, Campi Nuova Record Seatpost, Brooks Saddle.

Any Ideas or suggestion will be appreciated.

re: Awful CreakWheelz
Aug 26, 2002 9:37 AM
You may want to take it to your LBS and see if the BB shell is still round. If it is out of round that would cause binding of the BB during installation, and could account for the intermittent play that is making the noise. They can check it with a BB de-burring tool. All they'll really do is thread it in and back out again to see if it binds during the process.

Okay so we're back to the pedals. Have you checked your pedal spindles? Sometimes they can get dry. I pull the pedal body off the spindle and grease it up, every few thousand miles. This issue seems to be worse with Ti spindle than with steel.

Those little noises drive me nuts too.

So what kind of headset do you have?Spoke Wrench
Aug 23, 2002 4:58 AM
Is it a Cane "Creak?"

Somebody had to say it. I must be getting healthier because I resisted for a whole day.