Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Syracuse, NY
Bikes: 2008 Novara Randonee - love it. Would have more bikes if I had time to ride them all. Previous bikes: 1968 Motobecane Mirage, 1972 Moto Grand Jubilee (my fav), Jackson Rake 16, 1983 C'dale ST500.
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Nothing to add regarding the dust cover issue, but you are looking at one of the less likely source of BB/crank click. Pedals themselves typically are the source of a click only when the pedal cage/spindle interface is not secure. It's possible I suppose but I don't recall ever seeing a pedal bearing cause a clicking sound.
In case you have not looked at other causes yet the very first thing to check is the crank arm fixing bolts and tightness of the pedals on the cranks. For older bikes or those exposed to a lot of weather it can be helpful to remove and clean the mating surfaces and then retighten (greasing pedal threads of course). Next are chainwheel bolts if you have them. The bottom bracket itself can be a source, but typically BB noise is lower pitched and more drawn out (creak, rather than click). For more info on diagnosis see http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks.html
There's no such thing as a routine repair.
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