Right, we have had repeated threads about clicks and creaks on a bike. I think we should consolidate all the things you could check out into on single checklist that we can refer noobs to.
Most people say that they think the clicks/creaks come from the bottom bracket area but often it turns out that this wasn't the case so you should really check out all the things on this list.
I'm gonna start with:
Please post mechanical issues to check out in this thread and I will update the list.
Remove seatpost, clean, reinsert.
Remove saddle from seatpost, clean, reinsert.
Remove bars from stem, clean, reinsert.
Clean cleats and pedals, possibly lube surface (Look are notorious for squeaks)
How old is the chain in relation to cog and chainring?
Have you just changed something?
Has a torque wrench ever gone near your bike?
Are you living in Dalston, work in media and the last time you rode a bike was a foot-high front-pedaling' 3-wheeler?
Surprised your fingers aren't creaking hippy, or was that post farmed out to the dwarf-pool?
Get an ipod, rack that shit up to 11.
my starting point takes a while to work through
grease pedal spindles.
try less chain tension.
basically build your bike better.
I know you said clean cleats and pedals, but you might want to add swapping pedals. I figured out the problem was my SPD when I swapped back to clips (the cleaning and replacing didn't solve it and we all probably have a spare pair of pedals lying around).
Keep 'em coming.
tension of spokes
also spoke card silly but true
(i dont mind admiting that there was an anoying click that turned out to be my spoke card being loose on one corner and slapping against the spoke) it took a little while to realise what it was
Check bike for mice or other small rodents living in your frame.
Check and tighten (if needed) pedal arms/bolts/whatever they're called.
If unsealed bearings in pedals of hubs, take apart and regrease.
Also, check nothing is grinding from over tensioned pedals - drove me mad until i greased and lossened a bit.
To be totally pedantic . . . use the right tool for the right job. If you don't have the right tool, ask to borrow one. Your life will be loads simpler and your nuts will remain in tact! ;)
be aware time atac's squeak like bastards.
Check for cracks, cracks are creaky. Driveside dropout and the headtube are common places.
tension of spokes
Just noticed clicking coming from my wheel after truing it a bit. Does that mean too tight?
Wheels still not true, taking it to my LBS tomorrow. Wish I could do it myself, but it just caused me two hours of frustration and a clicking wheel.
List updated. Any more?
God, my track bike creaks so much. Most when I am settig off, standing up and putting lots of force onto the headest. Pretty sure its the stem, bars but its a real nightmare. Sometimes the wheels also creak and the BB. I put it down to it being new and aluminium
Take out all the chainring bolts and grease up all their threadings and put em back on.
My left knee is creaking
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