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Hard pedal tick- ideas?(7 posts)

Hard pedal tick- ideas?peterofdevon
Sep 23, 2002 6:07 PM
I have a off again-on again hard pedaling only tick. At the same point of each pedal rotation there is a fairly loud tick. Cannot tell if it comes from the cranks , drivetrain or wheel-it echos.

3 months ago replaced the BB. It still ticked but then I super cleaned the drivetrain and remounted the derailer hanger--it went away--until yesterday--now it's back. I did the same fix as before but its still ticking--Only when I hard pedal. Any ideas?

Peter in Devon PA
eliminate some thingsDougSloan
Sep 23, 2002 6:59 PM
Does it do it both in and out of the saddle (eliminate saddle and seat post)?

tighten chainring bolts
stem and handlebars (yes, they can fool you)

My bet it's still the bottom bracket. Try replacing it with teflon tape on the threads.

eliminate some thingspeterofdevon
Sep 24, 2002 2:35 AM
I tried all of these things except the tape on the bottom bracket...
Smart money is on the BBKerry
Sep 24, 2002 5:18 PM
Possibilities also include pedal, cleat, cleat screws, pedal axle in crank, chain ring bolts, crank bolts, chain, cassette, rear hub, rear QR, clicking at rear spoke crosses, seat post bolt, seat post, saddle, saddle clamp, etc. My bet is that cleaning, greasing, and torquing BB to spec will eliminate the noise.
re: Hard pedal tick- ideas?Mike Prince
Sep 24, 2002 5:00 AM
If you have tried all of the above suggestions, also check your cleats and shoes. Sometimes a loose screw or threaded shoe sole insert can click under pressure. Also check the pedal bearings as well as the pedal/crank interface.

One noise source that is seldom mentioned is the front derailleur. Sounds silly, but I have seen 2 mysterious clicks this year in riding buds' bikes caused by the FD "rocking" as the seat tube flexes (as it would under heavy pressure).

Last but not least, carefully inspect the frame in the BB area, especially at the weld points (chainstays, seat tube and downtube). Hopefully the problem's not there, but as a last resort I'd check there too.

Hope this helps.

long shot, but it happened to memaximum15
Sep 24, 2002 8:08 AM
in conjunction with a cassette change. The problem was totally unrelated to the change, just coincidence. Anyway, my pedal was not tight enough to the crank arm. Tightened it and the problem went away.
long shot, but it happened to mepeterofdevon
Sep 26, 2002 5:03 PM
It was the BB making the 1st dura ace reinstall. What fun! BTW, if you have a dura ace BB I've been reading the review posts--there is a love hate relationship with it. I think I have it set right (better then the shop that installed it) now...its smoother& faster. They had it too tight. I did use plumbers tape to rethread it on.