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    uhmmmm? baskinrobbin's Avatar
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    Bottom Bracket Maintenance

    OK, here is a question for mechanics, I recently had my bike tuned up because the bottom bracket was creaking, now after 400 more miles it's back. Shouldn't the maintenance on the bottom bracket last longer than that?

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    I'm not a shop mechanic, but ... if and when I fix a creaking bb (presuming that's what it TRULY was) ... it stays fixed. Pretty much the same with pedals, cranks, chainring bolts, cleats, etc.

    If they do a good job -- whether it be by cleaning, using decent grease, or the infamous teflon tape wrap method, AND they torque it properly -- it really should go a loooong time without acting up again.

    That ALSO presumes that your NEW creak has the same cause as your OLD creak.

    Quite often, that's not necessarily the case. Lookie here:

    http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks.html

    AND

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=123

    Take it back and talk to them. It also matters (to them, most likely) whether that 400 miles took you a MONTH or a YEAR to log....

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    Hey, nothing infamous about the teflon tape fix! 500 miles on mine and no creaking. It works.

    To the OP, creaks are very hard to chase down and solve. I suspect your LBS tried one option for fixing it, but it might not have been the right one. Or, as neil says, it could be a different creak this time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tellyho View Post
    Hey, nothing infamous about the teflon tape fix! 500 miles on mine and no creaking. It works.
    I know. I was just being cyber-cute. Couldn't you read my expression when I typed it?

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