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creaking sound when pedaling (help)(5 posts)

creaking sound when pedaling (help)ross
May 20, 2003 6:38 PM
I have a 2003 trek 2200 it creak when I pedal what do I need to do to fix the problem!! thanks
re: creaking sound when pedaling (help)DINOSAUR
May 20, 2003 10:43 PM
Creaks are difficult to trace. If it only does it when you are pedaling it could be your cleats. Most of my creaks came from my saddle rails. I just pulled off my saddle, seat post, cleaned everything off and put a light coat of silicon spray on the seat post bolts and that took care of it. Next time you ride, try to narrow down where the sound is coming from...
Find the source of the noise and grease it.dzrider
May 21, 2003 7:40 AM
Vwery likely spots already mentioned are the seat - post as well as the rails and bolt(s)- and the pedals.

Other spots include, but are not limited, to spoke intersections, chain rings and bolts, bottom bracket, stem, brake hoods, knees and ankles (hard to grease) if you're over 50.
The fix depends on the problem (duh!)Kerry
May 21, 2003 4:55 PM
It is fairly common to have the experience, but ticks and clicks are very hard to eliminate sometimes. What seems like it is tied to the pedals may be coming from the seat post, etc. Sometimes things like temperature and humidity can affect noises as well. To eliminate chain ring bolts as the problem, take them all out and grease the threads, the faces where they contact the CRs, and the CRs where they contact the crank spider arms. Clicks tied to your pedaling can come from the BB (grease all threads in contact with the frame and BB, and torque it to the recommended settings, which can be quite high), the pedals (grease the threads, get some wax etc. on the cleats, grease the bolts into your shoes, squirt some lube into the guts of the pedal machinery if possible), the chain (clean and lube), your seat post and saddle (grease the post, seat post bolts, saddle rails), your bars and stem (grease the stem, stem bolt at both ends, h'bar bolt, and h'bar where it goes through the stem), and your wheels (check for spoke tension, particularly on the rear non drive side, put a drop of lube where each pair of spokes cross, grease/tighten QRs, tighten cassette lock ring). Needless to say, you want to try these things in what seems like the most likely place the noise is coming from, but there are plenty of stories about "I was sure the noise was in the handlebars but it went away when I tightened up the spokes in the rear wheel," so keep trying different things until you have success.
re: creaking sound when pedaling (help)chicktc
May 22, 2003 6:19 PM
Howdy Ross, Could be a myriad of things, but my first guess would be a loose bottom bracket! Tom