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Tick in X/2 pedal -- or BB?(5 posts)

Tick in X/2 pedal -- or BB?PseuZQ
Jan 25, 2003 10:45 PM
OK, so there's this ticking sound coming from my bike and it's driving me mad. It occurs when I pedal with any more force than spinning, and only comes from the left side. It usually happens when the left crank is between 1 o'clock and 4 o'clock during my pedal stroke, and it doesn't matter what gear I'm in. At first I thought it was my bottom bracket, but if that were the case, wouldn't the ticking noise happen when either crank went through that range? The pedals are speedplay X/2, BB Ultegra. Pedals have not been serviced, and I've had the bike for about two years. The left pedal seems to spin a *tad* more slowly than the right.

Anyone else have this happen? Any thoughts? (BTW, for a previous problem I experienced, I owe this forum an enormous debt of gratitude for pointing out the Ultegra STI "mystery screw." Mine was missing, shifting was shot, and voila! One tiny screw saved me from getting new a shifter!)
O.K. Give this a shot.cydswipe
Jan 26, 2003 5:26 AM
This comes up every once in a while. Try tightening the crank arms, your pedals to the crank arms, and the cleat mechanism. I doubt it's the BB. If that doesn't solve the problem re-post the sounds, symptoms. Sometimes noises don't sound like the trouble they are.
Good Luck!!
re: Tick in X/2 pedal -- or BB?Juanmoretime
Jan 26, 2003 5:28 AM
I'm assuming that the cranks and bottom bracket are the newer style, Octalink. Speedplay cleats have a tendancy to develop a ticking sound as they get worn, especially on the power stroke when you are really pushing hard. Look at the locking bars and if the are flattened out, Speedplay recommends replacing them every 5000 miles, replace them. I would also check to make sure that the cleat is solidly mounted to the shoe and it's not worked it's way loose. Do you occassional lube the cleat with a dry chain lube?
re: Tick in X/2 pedal -- or BB?Tarheel71
Jan 26, 2003 3:30 PM
I have used the Speedplays for years, and usually the ticking comes from the bearings. You need to lube the pedals with the speedy luber and Pedro's or some similar grease injector whenever the pedal will spin with no resistance. Eventually with a lot of miles, this noise will become more difficult to eliminate--worn bearings.
Thanks all -- turns out it was the cleat.PseuZQ
Jan 26, 2003 6:15 PM
Of *course* it was the cleat. Hooray for Occam's Razor.

Put on a new one today and everything was fine. It didn't occur to me yesterday because it didn't seem loose (which actually has been a problem in the past, if I've been doing a lot of climbing) but I took a look and the spring mechanism was a little flat. I still need to get the pedals lubed, though.