creaking bottom bracket / crank
My bottom bracket / crank has been creaking lately. More and more lately. It's almost 100% able to reproduce by putting the left pedal / crank parallel to ground facing the front wheel, and then putting lots of weight and pushing forward.
Not the pedals since I have tried different ones.
Tightened my chainring bolts.
I go to tighten the crank bolts and the left side moved pretty easily and also made a loud creaking noise. The caps say 35-40Nm and that one is only around 23ish right now. After the creaking noise stopped it kept turning a bit. But I stopped.
Should I keep going?
This bike is a surly steamroller and has the stock bottom bracket + crankset. So its probably a $20 bottom bracket equivalent to this one..
Not worried about ruining it. Just worried about getting myself into a situation where the bike is un rideable, or extremely difficult to get it removed (bolt breaking for example).
Maybe better to just get a new bottom bracket? Get tools needed and take it apart while learning how to take a crank / bottom bracket off and check the torque on the bottom bracket? Pretty sure its cartridge based, so not sure if anything else could be done besides that to the actual bottom bracket.
Or keep tightening the crank bolts?