I am Joe's lactic acid.
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Long Island, NY
Bikes: 2008 Windsor Cyclo, and some spares.
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Bottom Bracket Noise - How Serious?
2008 Windsor Cyclo with "FSA Omega MegaEXO External Bearing"
My last bike had a very similar clicking type of noise when I pedaled hard, and the shop just had to tighten the bottom bracket.
I've started getting that same noise now on the cyclo. The problem is my car got rear ended and will be in the shop, so the bike is my only transportation. I'm reluctant to hand it over to my shop for 2-3 days. Besides, the shop closes before I even get out of work, so I'd have to wait until Saturday anyway.
A) Can I ride it for the time being without doing damage or risking any sort of failure in the BB? I have a 10 mile commute one way. Hilly at some parts.
B) Is this something I can do myself? I like wrenching on things myself, but I don't have any bike tools, and more importantly, I don't really have any spare time. A 30 minute job will probably take me 3 hours to learn while I go. But if it's just a matter of turning a couple of screws, then I'll do it.
Thanks in advance.