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lots o' clicks & creaks when i stand and mash. where's it?(6 posts)

lots o' clicks & creaks when i stand and mash. where's it?colker
Aug 23, 2002 4:12 PM
i'm on old atac pedals. could that be the cause? cranks and bb are "new"(1yr.).
Try the chain ring bolts.......Dave Hickey
Aug 23, 2002 4:19 PM
Most of my clicks are related to the chain ring bolts coming loose.
Could be lots of placesKerry
Aug 23, 2002 4:36 PM
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). 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. One year is about the time frame when a BB may need to be removed, cleaned, greased, and reinstalled (with proper torque).
thanks all! i'll get off the couch & work on the bike nmcolker
Aug 24, 2002 10:55 AM
If your like me, it's your knees! ;-) nmrwbadley
Aug 23, 2002 8:49 PM
Do you have Mavic Wheels?270bullet
Aug 24, 2002 5:24 PM
My bike creaks and clics when I stand while riding Mavic Classics Pro wheels. I switch over to my Dura Ace hubs, Open Pro rims and there is no more noise. In my experience, the Mavics (Ksyriums and classics) flex a lot when I stand. So much so that the magnet on my front wheel will hit the sensor set with a 1/4 inch gap on the Mavics. For me, at 230 lbs, the Mavics are too whippy. My friend at 150 is the most powerful cyclist I've seen in person. He too hates the Mavics for the same reason. Too much flex (which can lead to the noise). Others swear by the wheels, but to each his own. They don't work for me.

Back to the subject. 1) Do you have a new Wheelset? If so, the spokes on the first few rides make a lot noise on some models until they settle in. 2) Is the new wheelset Mavic? If so, the noise might not go away. 3) If the answer to 1 or 2 is "no" - then take it to a shop.

BTW, if you want a pair of Mavic Classics Pro wheels, mine will be on eBay the week after Labor Day - They have about 1000 miles on them.