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Another bike noise question...ticking sound(12 posts)

Another bike noise question...ticking soundtraveler
Jun 25, 2001 8:11 AM
I am getting a faint "ticking" ticking sound coming from my bike right now. It seems to only be happening when I pedal and then about 80% of the time. It is a constant "tick, tick, tick" sound.

Any ideas of what I should look for? besides a time bomb.. :-)
re: Another bike noise question...ticking soundMabero
Jun 25, 2001 8:23 AM
It could be your shoes...is it coming from around the crank?
I seems like it is...traveler
Jun 25, 2001 10:30 AM
coming from the crank/bottom bracket area but I am not 100% sure. What would the shoes be doing to make noise? New cleats perhaps?
I seems like it is...Mabero
Jun 25, 2001 11:44 AM
Yeh sometimes the platforms can come a little loose and need to be tightened. Even with spd I have some float with my cleat and my pedal. Try shaking your shoes (honestly!) really hard and see if it makes a noise...if not then it could be you are floating when clipped in your pedal. If it isn't the pedal...a ton of things...but check the chain first.
re: Another bike noise question...ticking soundJakerider
Jun 25, 2001 9:04 AM
Sounds like a tight/stuck chain link
spokesSpiderman
Jun 25, 2001 9:46 AM
check to make sure a spoke didn't come loose.
loose pedal perhaps...gromit
Jun 25, 2001 10:12 AM
happened to me twice. A quick tweek with a spanner ia all that's required.
re: Another bike noise question...ticking soundKen
Jun 25, 2001 11:02 AM
This may sound dumb but I couldn't figure out where this clicking sound was
coming from whenever I started to climb hills. The clicking sound was only
prevelant whenever the drive side crank went past the twelve o'clock
position. I could'd hear it while riding on level ground only when going
uphill. My first thought was the BB. But hey!, this a new Campy Record
everything setup! Tell me this ain't true! Well, thankfully it wasn't the BB
or anything major. It was something very minor. It turned out that the front
derailour cable end with the the anti-fray cap was sticking out too far from
the frame and was coming in contact with the right crank with every
revolution and making a clicking sound. I could only hear it on climbs
because that was the only time I was going slow enough to hear it. I bent
the cable end back away from the crank orbit and what do you know, no more
clicking sound. Well, I'll be.
Ken
re: Another bike noise question...ticking soundDanish-Man
Jun 25, 2001 11:21 AM
I had the exact same problem, noise only when pedaling. LBS pulled
crank and lubed.........no noise now !
re: Another bike noise question...ticking soundDanish-Man
Jun 25, 2001 11:23 AM
I had the exact same problem, only when pedaling. LBS pulled crank
and lubed. No more noise !!!!
Shimano BB?lonefrontranger
Jun 25, 2001 11:50 AM
If it's not anything stated by the other posters, and you have a Shimano bottom bracket, it could be the notorious "Shimano BB click". The midrange to lower end Shimano BBs will often develop a ticking noise as they age. I was once told it's due to the bearings developing play, but I've adjusted and adjusted, and personally don't know the true cause other than it's just a Shimano thing. I have had numerous Shimano BBs on my road and MTBs that make that distinctive ticking noise once per pedal rev, usually while the crank is under load. You generally hear it most while climbing as there isn't wind noise or other factors getting in your way of hearing it.

Just a wild guess.
Did you assemble your bike yourself,nutmegger
Jun 25, 2001 1:30 PM
and has it been in your possession the entire time? Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry something on the bike? :)