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Has anyone ever had squeeking comming from the bar itself?(4 posts)

Has anyone ever had squeeking comming from the bar itself?Groucho Marx
Jul 6, 2001 10:03 AM
It might be the bar a cinelli middle class bar, or it might be the bar tape, or it might be where the shifters sit on the bar, but I've been getting a squeaking from somewhere in bar area, and I'm almost certain its not the stem. I have taken that apart, cleaned it regreased it, and tighted it properly, and the squeak hasn't changed. Might it be the bartape where it holds the cables? I know you guys have had troubles similar to these. What was the problem how did you fix it? Thankyou. (I've finally gone mad).
You are not alone!ScottH
Jul 6, 2001 12:39 PM
Mine's been creaking for a few weeks now. I haven't figured it out yet either. If things go well, I'll be curing the problem with a new bike by year's end.

Good luck.
Common -- comes from the bar/stem interface ...Humma Hah
Jul 6, 2001 3:18 PM
My wife's bike squeaks like a mouse every time I stand-climb on it. The squeaking comes from where the bar passes thru the stem.

I killed that problem on my bikes by filling the hollow bars with polyester resin, allowing the stem to be tightened more. I did not do that to stop the squeak, but to strengthen the bars (I'm a singlespeeder, and tug on the bars a lot, have a history of breaking them).

A really good fit between the bars and stem should fix the problem, or maybe a soft-metal shim, such as a thin sheet of brass, might help. Over-tightening might do more harm than good, but do see that the clamp is tightened correctly.
is it an old Cinelli with a shim vs a bulge?club
Jul 7, 2001 8:21 PM
like on a 54, 65, or 66? If so, they squeak between the shim and the bar. Dribble some penetrating oil in there to stop it.