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Old 07-27-07, 10:17 AM   #1
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creaking pedals.. what's up wit that?

Hi, I have a pair of shimano 600 pedals on my road bike which are now 'creaking' quite badly -(one side worse than the other). They appear quite complicated to overhaul, any advice on what may be causing this and how to fix it?
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Old 07-27-07, 10:25 AM   #2
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When my pedals started making clicking sounds, it turned out to be grit in the ball bearings (they weren't the sealed type). I took them apart, cleaned and regreased the bearings, and put it back together, and that worked. However, if you don't have sealed pedals, it might be better to get them. If they are sealed, I'll defer to a more knowledgable mechanic.
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Old 07-27-07, 04:28 PM   #3
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Chirp, chirp, chirp. Isn't that maddening!

If you think about it, pedal bearings take more abuse than any other bearings on the bicycle. They get closer to the road grime and puddles than any other bearing, They are the smallest bearings on the bicycle, and all the raw energy goes straight into the pedal bearings with vitually no buffer.

It is a wonder that pedals hold up as well as they do. Still, they are probably the most neglected thing on the maintanance agenda.

Pedal maintananace can be troublesome because many pedals are difficult to disassemble to access the bearings.

If you are determined to do it yourself, it can be done. Otherwise.... new pedals are pretty easy to install..
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Hi, I have a pair of shimano 600 pedals on my road bike which are now 'creaking' quite badly -(one side worse than the other). They appear quite complicated to overhaul, any advice on what may be causing this and how to fix it?
Sure the pedals are the culprit?

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks

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Sure the pedals are the culprit?

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks
Hey Sheldon -

What's the bottom line on greasing square tapered crank spindles?
- NEVER!!! (Barnett's) ?
- Typically not necessary (Park Tool website) ?
- Routinely (Jobst Brandt) ?

Thanks!

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If you do disassemble the pedals, make sure you do it in an aluminum cake pan or something similar so when all the minature ball bearings come flying out they are not in every corner of your garage. Speak from experience.
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Even if your pedals aren't the culprits in the squeaking, servicing them can be a fun and instructive way to learn about cup and cone bearing assemblies. I've done my pedals a couple of times, and it's really not hard. Just be prepared with all the materials you need, and read as much as you can about the servicing procedure. Be careful and meticulous while you work, and do one pedal at a time. I think Shimano clipless need a special tool for servicing, but I'm sure you can find a tutorial somewhere on the web. Enjoy it! If it doesn't solve the problem, at least you learned something about your bike, and eliminated one of the possible sources of noise.
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Hey Sheldon -

What's the bottom line on greasing square tapered crank spindles?
- NEVER!!! (Barnett's) ?
- Typically not necessary (Park Tool website) ?
- Routinely (Jobst Brandt) ?

Thanks!

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Never! I am not Sheldon but I am sure he will say the same. Campy says no. I have never in 45 years using square taper spindles...Campy, Shimano, and T/A.
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Never! I am not Sheldon but I am sure he will say the same. Campy says no. I have never in 45 years using square taper spindles...Campy, Shimano, and T/A.
'Fraid not. I'm with Jobst on this one. I generally do grease the tapers. I'm a bit of a fanatic about greasing the bolt threads and the underside of the bolt head too.

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Listen guys. Pedals these days cost like $10 a pair. Really cheap. eBay, bike nashbar, and performance bicycle have them. If it's the pedal noise, get rid of them.


Interestingly enough, people bid on eBay on old used things, so perhaps this could be a trade in instead of new purchase.
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Sure the pedals are the culprit?

See: http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks

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Sheldon, great minds think alike. . . Truly, I was just about to post this, so far it has worked for me quite well.
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+1 on Sheldon's input. You can certainly start with your pedals, but you may well find out that it's something entirely different. I spent a year chasing down a creak that turned out to the the bottom bracket. There are many posts on here about it; do a search and start pulling things apart and greasing.

+1 on greasing square tapers. But I know that's a hornet's nest.
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+1 on greasing square tapers. But I know that's a hornet's nest.
Don't think so. Not if Sheldon agrees with my mom.
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