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Help! Intermittent Noise Problem(7 posts)

Help! Intermittent Noise Problemmrr
Dec 24, 2002 8:17 AM
Hi When I pedal reasonably hard or uphill, there is a sound that sounds like a mouse squeaking (or a bird chirping) emanating from the bike. It stops as soon as I stop pedaling. It will do it one ride and not do it the next ride. It is very annoying and any help would be greatly appreciated.

I lubed the chain, retorqued and tightened all the crankset parts ( including pedals) and greased all parts of the seat,seatpost,drivetrain and crankset. The problem is very intermittent. Thank you all for any help!
You've obviously got the right idea.Spoke Wrench
Dec 24, 2002 8:45 AM
It sounds to me like you haven't limited your search to any one place on the bike. The source of such a noise, in my experience, may be anywhere. When you're riding, they all seem to be coming from the crank.

Does the "chirp" occur in time with your pedaling? If so, look at all of the places where you contact the bicycle, seat, handlebars, cleats etc. Besides looking at where the seat clamps onto the seatpost, don't neglect the seat itself.

Good luck!
You've obviously got the right idea.Chen2
Dec 24, 2002 9:40 AM
This sounds like one I had that turned out to be the saddle rails near the front of the saddle. A shot of Armorall under the saddle fixed mine. Other possibilities that come to mind would be associated with the pedals and cleats.
You've obviously got the right idea.Spoke Wrench
Dec 24, 2002 10:33 AM
I had a strange noise on a ride that I made three or four stops to attempt to find. I thought it was my rear derailleur. Turned out to be my car keys.
Be sure to check the headset, stem and bars . . .Look381i
Dec 25, 2002 2:46 AM
They're a common source of creaking and chirping noises, especially if it's a threadless set up.
re: Help! Intermittent Noise ProblemRob March
Dec 26, 2002 8:25 AM
Definitely check your pedals/cleats. I know that mine are always squeaking, and I have to use some lubricant on them every week or so. Usually on the upstroke, I get a kind of (oh, here comes a fun attempt at onomatopeia) 'ereeh, ereeh' noise. I've heard folks mention ArmorAll. Is that a favorite for reducing squeaking?

re: Help! Intermittent Noise ProblemOverhill
Dec 26, 2002 11:28 AM
Had similar problem couple of months ago. Searched this forum, and tried everything [many good suggestions]. Like you, I had the noise on some rides, but not others. Finally discovered it was in the front skewer/axel. If it wasn't tight enough I had the noise, even though it felt "secure". Now I tighten the quick release a little more, and no more noise. Good luck.