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Question about a click while pedaling(7 posts)

Question about a click while pedalingBQ
Apr 28, 2001 2:31 AM
My 8 year old Trek hybrid has developed an annoying click while pedalling. It occurs about once every two revolutions, and not at the same pedal position. I always feel it with my right foot, and it is audible. When I put the bike on a stand and crank by hand, I can't seem to recreate the problem. Any idea what it might be?

In any case, I plan to have this investigated by my LBS when I take the bike in for a tune up, but I thought checking with the experts here first might get to the root of the problem sooner.
re: Question about a click while pedalingTrekRider
Apr 28, 2001 5:19 AM
The sound could be coming from various places, such as your pedal, a loosening crank arm, loosening chainring bolts, or loosening bottom bracket. Just a few of the more common culprits.
My Pedal Clicks...Timmer
Apr 28, 2001 5:58 AM
...when the cleat on my shoe starts to come loose. The first time it happened, it sounded like something was broken, but that's what it turned out to be. Might be worth a look!

My Pedal Clicks...dustin73
Apr 28, 2001 12:41 PM
my pedals click also. my bike's only a year old. it happens on the downstroke (almost right at the bottom) with my RT foot when i'm pushing kinda hard. i've never really thought about it though. hmmm...i might have it checked out, too.
10-4 on the loose cleatscoonass
Apr 28, 2001 5:27 PM
we seem to overlook shoe maintenance...I've been down the same road with the loose shoe-cleat..(I apply the Blue loctite)
I had a the same thing happen yesterday. Really.boy nigel
Apr 28, 2001 6:11 PM
I've got a new bike, but I switched pedals (my old pedals were OLD). The same day, I noticed worrisome clicks. Checked my new cleats (Speedplay, with lots of metal going on), but they were tight. I thought about maybe the bottom bracket (holds the crank, and makes it work).

I took it into my LBS and asked to show them on an indoor trainer. Set it up, and sure enough...bottom bracket was coming loose. This can happen with new bikes, which is why shops offer either a free year of tightening up or at least a free tune-up after a couple of weeks. Sounds like just what my problem was. Have a shop look at the bottom bracket. I assume you've never overhauled/regreased your BB. Have them do this, and you should be okay. Also, have them set it up on an indoor trainer like I did and SHOW them the sounds instead of just describing them.

Good luck,
re: Question about a click while pedalingBQ
Apr 30, 2001 7:11 AM
Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Demo'ing the problem at the lbs is a great idea. I'll post when I have an answer.