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Bottom Bracket Noise(3 posts)

Bottom Bracket Noisechbarr
Sep 26, 2003 2:56 AM

As I finished a century last weekend, there was a ticking or grinding noise comming from the bottom bracket. Took it to the local bike store, where the guy said it was from the bottom bracket, but all it would take would be a bit of teflon tape around the BB.

The gotcha was that it would take 10 days before they would get to it (lots of vacations--I understand). As I have another big ride just after the 10 day window (and the seaon in general is rapidly coming to a close), I asked what options I had.

He indicated that it was just noise, and, if I could stand it, it'd be OK until I could bring it in/the wait decreased.

I can accept that, but I have this nagging fear that I might do more serious damage (most fearful would be damaging the frame). It is a 2001 Trek 1000.

Does what this gentleman says (just teflon tape, and it can be riden with no additional damage for a few weeks) hold water? I'm not looking for an absolute guarantee, just a sense that it's a high confidence.
Is there another LBS in your area?bimini
Sep 26, 2003 4:50 AM
Sounds like a loose BB. Just tightening it normally works. If that doesn't work go for the teflon tape.

I'm surprised they didn't give it a quick tightening and tell you if that doesn't solve the problem we will need to schedule it in. You might try another LBS. If they give the service you want, then I would take my business there in the future.

As long as it doesn't become unscrewed it should not be a problem. Check to see if the BB apears tight before each ride.
my 5200 started the same thing and cleaning and t tape workedandy02
Sep 26, 2003 6:56 AM
It also had a lot of water from a few days of down poors.