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Old 11-17-05, 05:31 AM   #1
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stupid clicking

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recently, my bike has been producing clicking noises everytime or almost everytime i step down on the right pedal. what could be causing the unbearably irritating noise?
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Old 11-17-05, 05:49 AM   #2
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do you use a connex link on your chain. It may be mounted upside down.
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Old 11-17-05, 07:04 AM   #3
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The Conex link would only click about once every 2-1/2 crank revolutions as that is typically how many it takes to pass the entire chain through the derailleur. It wouldn't be in sync with one pedal's motion.

The most-likely sources are the right pedal, the right crank arm and the bottom bracket.

1. Be sure the pedal is tight in the crank arm and doesn't have looseness in its bearings or play between the cleat and pedal interface if it's a clipless pedal. Also, check to be sure your cleat is tight on your shoe.

2. Be sure the crank arm fixing bolt is torqued properly. These have to be really tight and will ruin the crank arm if ridden while loose.

3. Bottom bracket ticking is common if the threads weren't lubricated and/or the bb wasn't tightened sufficiently. Again, the proper installation torque is very high.
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Old 11-17-05, 08:15 AM   #4
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I have had that problem before that turned out to be only dirt on the BB. Without disassemling everything I cleaned around the shaft and then oiled the cleaned area and the noise was gone. Gotta keep everything clean and lubed.
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Old 11-17-05, 09:02 AM   #5
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I have had that problem a couiple of times and both times it was loose bolts on the chainrings. I removed them and lubed the bolts, then tightened them very snug.
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And how many times have people posted here that it was a cable, or something innocuous like that, hitting the pedal every revolution?
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Make sure the crank bolts are tight...
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Old 11-17-05, 06:32 PM   #8
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haha... seems like there could be many causes of the clicking... maybe i should just bring the bike back to the shop and let the guy figure it out... =P
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are you in the big ring? is the crank hitting the deraileur?
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