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Old 09-23-12, 05:15 PM   #1
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identifying creaky noises?

I think it is my seat on the rails making noise
im right at 290lbs and every time i pedal i get a creaking noise from the bottom bracket/seat area
i can't really tell where---sometimes it seems as if it is coming from the fork as well

how to tell where it is actually coming from
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how to tell if it is something that is going to eventually fail--to correct it?

suggestions?

ideas?
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Old 09-23-12, 07:43 PM   #2
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I had a creaky noise too. I stood up and pedaled and the noise went away. It was my seat.

Sheldon on diagnosing noises: http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks.html
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Old 09-24-12, 09:43 AM   #3
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I had a creaky noise too. I stood up and pedaled and the noise went away. It was my seat.

Sheldon on diagnosing noises: http://sheldonbrown.com/creaks.html
+1 on all points:

I had a creaking noise;
I stood up and pedaled
the noise went away
it was my saddle (in my case, I had to tighten the tension on my well-worn Brooks).
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Old 09-24-12, 11:34 AM   #4
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Yeah. Start with taking off your saddle, cleaning out any corrosion, putting it back on tightening everything up properly.
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Old 09-24-12, 11:47 AM   #5
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light grease the following, inside seat post clamp, saddle rails, front and rear wheel drop outs
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my creaking is always my BB. over the years I have replaced the BB on 3 bikes and I have 1 more that is gonna need it if I ever ride it again. after you rule out everything else, do not fear the BB replacement! :-)
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