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Creak(11 posts)

CreakBC
Oct 4, 2001 2:48 PM
When climbing on the hoods and standing, my bike makes a funny creaking noise that seems to come from the headset. What do you think this could be?
re: Creakgrzy
Oct 4, 2001 4:32 PM
Lots of things, but you haven't given us much to go on. Most likely it would be the stem (assuming you have a quill type), but could also be the BB. your handle bars could be failing and the creaking is the sides of the fracture rubbing against each other. It could be something in your rear wheel (Rolf?). Possibly a lose skewer on your front wheel (or ti). Could be a squeaky cleat in the pedal.

There's really a lot of sources so you need to play detective - like you're doing now. There's no reason why you should put up with the noise. At the very least it's annoying and at worst it could be that something is wearing/failing. The important thing is to be systematic and look at the entire bike - sound travels through solid materials at a much higher rate than air so the source can be deceiving. Be persistent - it pays.
re: CreakBC
Oct 4, 2001 4:51 PM
I have a threadless stem, Rolf Vector Comp wheels.
re: Creakamflyer
Oct 4, 2001 8:23 PM
Try oiling the dropouts on the fork first. I had the exact same problem, and after tearing all the hard stuff down, THAT's what it turned out to be. Easy to try, anyway, even if it's wrong.

Steve
i have another noiseishmael
Oct 5, 2001 5:46 AM
but, instead of oiling the dropouts i got stronger tightening skewers by salsa and that problem went away.....but my new noise is a loud poping noise when i hit big potholes..it sounds like a flat, its pretty loud..nothing about the ride changes afterwards but its scares me, it sounds bad..it comes from the front somewhere..ive got kyseriums and a trek carbon with a not all carbon fork..any ideas, im scared something is going to blow,i cant get the noise to occur unless i smack a pothole
quick fixtlg
Oct 5, 2001 5:53 AM
don't be smackin them potholes
thank youishmael
Oct 5, 2001 7:50 AM
thats why i post here.
re: Creak - Try the front hubGW Rider
Oct 5, 2001 7:54 AM
I had a creak that was driving me crazy, tried everything - BB, chainrings, headset, stem, handlebar. It turned out to be the front hub, in particular the skewer needed to be tightened. When I say tightened, put a bunch of force into it. I am mentioning this because I also have Rolf Vector Comp wheels.

Hope this works for you.

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.
Rolf Hubspeed-chump
Oct 5, 2001 8:07 AM
I had a creak in my Vector Comp front hub.
There are two aluminum plugs that slide into
the hollow axle. They got loose somehow and started
creaking and clunking. Being a cheapskate, I made some
new ones at work, but you can probably buy new ones
if that happens to be what it is.

good luck.
re: Creakmackgoo
Oct 5, 2001 5:50 AM
I had a creak but I could place it in the B/B area. It turned out to be my chain ring bolts were very loose.
re: Creakvanzutas
Oct 5, 2001 6:11 AM
This is probably bad advise, but what I do when I get a creak is tighten the hell out of things. my bikes are all at least ten years old but it usually works for a while. it is a quick fix that is not the best answer.

Another thing to do is put a thin coating of grease where the creak is coming from. again grease may not be a good thing on your bars or stem.