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Do your bikes have tiny ticking noises?(13 posts)

Do your bikes have tiny ticking noises?nothatgullible
Nov 10, 2002 7:09 PM
Maybe I am a bit too much of a perfectionist and want something that is not attainable. That's why I'm asking this question. I want to know if my problem is legitimate or if I should just accept my "problem".

I built a bike a few months ago. It's a Giant TCR with Campagonlo equipment. The problem I have is very small kind of ticking noises coming from the bike as I go down the road. Especially when going over bumps. I don't think somebody riding beside me could hear them but I can. I have had creaking bottom brackets, pedals and seats that make and obvious and very audible noise. But what I'm talking about are just small ticking noises, almost like if two tiny pieces of aluminum could touch each other as I hit bumps, but they are barely audible.

I have tried absolutely everything to get rid of the little noises. I have actually taken little by little the whole bike apart and greased every single bolt and every single part on the bike. Name a part of the bike, I've greased it. Including skewers and the frame droputs.

Am I driving myself nuts over nothing? Do your bikes make little noises also? It's just that they are kind of rythmic noises and I'm so aware of them.....What do you guys have to say? Does anybody else put up with this kind of thing? I have an AL GT road bike that doesn't make these noises. I thought that maybe it's the thin tubes of the Giant and there is nothing I can do about it. Any comments are greatly appreciated.
spokes and cable housing ends can do itTig
Nov 10, 2002 8:11 PM
I've cured my cable end ticking sounds by cutting a tiny donut shape out of an old innertube and running the inner cable through it. It rests in the frame's shifter cable guide and keeps the cable housing end from rubbing and making ticking sounds.

I also have a ticking sound coming from my crappy Rolf front wheel's spokes. I've tried to lube the nipple threads without loosening them but that hasn't helped. I'll save up for a better wheel set and keep the old ones for a backup/race wheel pit set if I can't improve the problem.

Maybe others can help with better suggestions.
re: Do your bikes have tiny ticking noises?sjomi
Nov 10, 2002 8:17 PM
I think my Cannondale does what you describe while I am riding in the small ring. I took looked forever and tried to adjust everything possible. It was driving me crazy!! Then one day I realized than when I am in the small it is just the cable pinging against the downtube.
I haven't done anything to cure it, since basically now that I know what it is, I really don't care.
re: Do your bikes have tiny ticking noises?Snyder
Nov 11, 2002 4:35 AM
I also have a Cannondale that did this. I wrapped a piece of duct tape around the cable.

1002 uses for duct tape.
Ah yes, My C'dale does that too...biknben
Nov 11, 2002 8:29 AM
I put rubber doughnuts (or whatever you call them) on the cable and used glue to keep them in the right spot. Originally, I didn't use the glue but they kept sliding towards the BB so I glued them.
Ah yes, My C'dale does that too...DERICK
Nov 11, 2002 9:01 AM
SO does mine, All you have to do is trim the front shifter(I think that is the right term). After you shift into the small ring give the brake lever a small push like you want to shift back up. It is a very small amount of pressure. Not enough to move the deraileur, just enough to take the slack out of the cable.

Also Cannondale runs their cables so they cross under the down tube. You can change that by swapping the cables where they mount to the down tube. Just get your cables really slack and pull them from the mount and put them back in the opposite mount. I've done that to all of mine and it makes a difference.
Similar problem a few months ago...ACE-
Nov 10, 2002 11:17 PM
with my Open Pro Wheels. Lubing the nipples seemed
to do away with the noise.
Similar problem a few months ago...nothatgullible
Nov 11, 2002 4:28 AM
I have electron wheels. I have never heard of these wheels making noise although anything can be a source of noise,of course.

One thing is that this ticking noises are only there when seated. If I stand I don't hear them. I don't know if that is because I'm farther away from the bike or because of something else. I have a carbon seatpost (new style Easton)and I can't grease the seatpost. But before, I had an aluminum seatpost and I greased it and it still made the noise. I have also lubed the seat rails where they meet the seat.
I'll place a bet on the cables hitting the downtube....Nigey
Nov 11, 2002 5:50 AM
If you're going over BIG bumps, you could be getting the derailleur (or even chain) hitting the chainstay. Doubtful, but possible -you can easily check this by looking at the underneath of your chainstay for a mark.

Also, check to make sure you cables on your downtube (and possibly chainstays) have doughnuts since they could be hitting the tube making little clinking noises.

Sounds like you've done the obvious by making sure you have a tight enought seat clamp and bb.
re: Do your bikes have tiny ticking noises?Mariowannabe
Nov 11, 2002 6:28 AM
It sound like you've re-torqued everything. On my bike,its the add-ons that tend to tick/rattle. Its the bottle cages and tool bag that tend to make the irritating noises. In fact I'm planning on replacing my fancy Elite cages with a simple one-piece design.
no, but my ticks have tiny biking noises (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 11, 2002 7:59 AM
Seat bag?Kerry
Nov 11, 2002 5:36 PM
Any chance that some of the junk in your seat bag is banging into other stuff or the bag is moving around? That and pumps hitting the frame are my most common noise sources when going over bumps.
Seat bag?nothatgullible
Nov 11, 2002 7:59 PM
No, I don't even have a seat bag on the bike. I carry everything in my back pocket. I do have a frame pump but the last time I rode it I wasn't even carrying it and the little ticking noises were still there.

I'm not too sure about the cables hitting the frame. This happens over very small obstacles. Not only big bumps. A ripple on the road might cause it. Since it seems to happen when seated, sometimes I think that the stress I'm putting on the seatpost/frame is the cause but I'm not sure exactly where it emanates from.