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Old 09-28-04, 02:47 AM   #1
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Creaking Cranks = Headset?

OK so I thought I had a case of creaking cranks when ever the road tilted up and I got out of the saddle. The other day I was putting my bike in the boot of the car, and turned the handlebars and CREAK almost a slight clicking noise. What might it be? It has less than 3000K on it.

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K as in KM not thousand...haha
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Exactly the same thing has happend to me! Not the handle-bar part, but the creaking of the crank when riding up hills, usually when pressure is applied or standing up. could someone PLEASE tell me what this is, and if i need to do anything about it. It's been an ongoing problem for a while and i want to get it sorted out.
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The creak as you turn the handlebars is probably from the headset. It may be too tight or it may just need to be lubricated.

Creaking under heavy pedal load can be a ton of different things.
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OK so I thought I had a case of creaking cranks when ever the road tilted up and I got out of the saddle. The other day I was putting my bike in the boot of the car, and turned the handlebars and CREAK almost a slight clicking noise. What might it be? It has less than 3000K on it.

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Your creak when turning the handlebars to put the bike in the car is most likely to be caused by the gear cables sliding over each other where they cross in front of the headtube. As they vibrate against each other they develop a 'notch' as the outer plastic wears away. Hence the creak as you turn the bars as the now roughened outer cables slide against each other. Mostly happens on a road bike where the bars have been in the same position for hours at a time with the cables chafing against each other. A bit of electrician's tape on one of the cables cures it.
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If you've got creaking cranks when pedalling then ensure that the bolt to the BB is as tight as it'll go. Otherwise if it's just a tiny bit loose it will get worse over time and become a replacement job.
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-- Might as well check/grease/torque the chainring bolts while you're down there, as noted in a previous post.
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