Noise Annoys

Over the weekend, both of my bicycles mysteriously developed annoying clicks that only presented themselves when I pedaled while out of the saddle.  From past experience, I came up with the following list of likely suspects that could be the source of the noise:

  • Pedals
  • Chainring bolts
  • Crank fixing bolts
  • Bottom bracket cups
  • Cassette

One by one, I removed, cleaned, lubed, and re-installed each of the above components.  Although it may seem like a lot of work, it didn’t actually take that long.  And when everything was installed and tightened properly, both bikes were silent.  Victory!

But what if that hadn’t solved the problem?  Well, as always, Sheldon has the answer (AASHTA).  His Creaks, Clicks, & Clunks article is a fantastic resource for isolating the cause of common noises, as well as how to fix or avoid them in the first place.

Thank you, Sheldon.  Rest in peace.

4 thoughts on “Noise Annoys

  1. My experience has also found that handlebars and stems as well as rear axle/QR/dropout and cones can be a hidden source. Glad you were able to remedy yours, it can be terribly frustrating to not know where a creak is coming from.

    • Yup, bars, stems, and q/r’s also seem to be good sources for odd noises (along with saddles). I was lucky that the noises on both bikes were localized around the drivetrain.

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