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ticking sound -help please(7 posts)

ticking sound -help pleasemrr
Dec 16, 2002 2:36 PM
Hi I have a Giant Cypress Dx hybrid bike. I am new to biking and I love it. When I pedal hard or pedal uphill I hear a ticking noise. It sounds like its coming from the headset or handlebar/ cable area. It stops when I stop pedaling but it doesn't sound (to me) that its coming from the pedal and/or crank area (lower area). Any help will be greatly greatly appreciated. Thank you! mrr. The bike is about 4-5 months old.
re: ticking sound -help pleasemixinbeatz
Dec 16, 2002 2:46 PM
Check and grease your:
BB.....if that doesn't work, take a look at the
chainring bolts and grease
if that doesn't work, check and grease your handlebar, seatpost, and seat bolts. If that doesn't work make sure your cassette is tight. If all those look good, your seatpost may be rubbing the welds inside the frame. Also take a look to make sure the chain looks ok.
My point here is that it is sometimes very difficult to find the problem and may drive you mad. Sometimes an ungreased BB may resonate and sound like it is coming from your handlebars.
good luck.
and a few more sourcesKerry
Dec 16, 2002 4:47 PM
spoke crossing points, spoke nipples at the rim, QRs, improperly lubed chain, chain ring bolts, pedal axles, pedals, cleat/pedal, cleat/shoe, cleat bolts. Try to reproduce the sound while pedaling out of the saddle (eliminates seat/seat post), while the bike is in a workstand or on the ground, with different wheels, etc.
re: ticking sound -help pleaseTimA
Dec 16, 2002 4:38 PM
Do you happen to be standing when going uphill or pedaling hard? Try this in your shop, push and pull on the handlebar a few times. Try pushing on one side at a time, then on the other side. If that causes the ticking, it's probably the stem/bar interface or stem/steerer interface. Just grease 'em it should be fine.

re: ticking sound -help pleaseshokhead
Dec 16, 2002 4:51 PM
Better check your frame.Had a trek,7500 with a ticking sound.It was a really small crack that nobody could find until the lbs sent it to trek.
May sound dumb, but you did say you were new to cycling!GeoCyclist
Dec 16, 2002 5:01 PM
Are you in your large (outside) chainring while climbing? If so, your crank (bit of metal with pedal attached to the end) might be brushing your derailer. This can happen if your derailer is out of alignment and shifted to its maximum reach. The ticking will only happen when you pedal, and the sound will travel right up your frame.
re: Do you have a computer on bike?pa rider
Dec 17, 2002 3:53 AM
I have a sigma computer, but on one set of wheels I use a car eye magnet. It some times hits my sensor. Usually when I stand or go up hills (I swing the bike to get most traction on the climbs), my magnet will hit.

I just moved my sensor so the magnet doesn't hit. I don't have this problem with other magnets (silver strip versus the magnet with screw).

This is just an option, so the other readers post may help better. I start with the obvious first. I lubed handle bars, spokes nipples, tighten crank bolts, lube pedal springs, clean pedal platforms and other possible noise areas to find it just something easy as my computer magnet.

I found some stems and handlebar combo start to creak after worn in. I got two new bikes in a two year span (I had a car accident so I only got one year out of the bianchi veloce in 2000) and notice that I had the same creak with both bikes handlebars. I changed stems to get a better reach and the creak went away. My one lbs said some metals combo's just creak and changing the stem seems to fix the problem.