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    Getting a Clicking Noise When I Pedal

    So I've got two bikes. One Trek FX 7.2 and one Trek DS 8.3.

    On the FX 7.2, after a couple hundred miles, I started getting this clicking noise when I pedal. Like every time my left foot pushes down, I hear a click. I took it to the LBS and they tightened the crank and pedals, no change. During this same time, I was breaking spokes on the rear wheel of this bike. The LBS replaced the rear wheel and since then, no more broken spokes and the clicking noise stopped.

    On the Trek DS 8.3, I've got about 200 miles on it now and I am not breaking spokes on this one, but the clicking has started. On this bike, it is every time I push down my right foot, I get a click. No pedal, no click.

    If I get off of the bike and just spin the crank around, no clicking. I have to be on it, pushing down on the pedal and moving.

    Does this suggest something specific? Normal? Unusual? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    So I've got two bikes. One Trek FX 7.2 and one Trek DS 8.3.

    On the FX 7.2, after a couple hundred miles, I started getting this clicking noise when I pedal. Like every time my left foot pushes down, I hear a click. I took it to the LBS and they tightened the crank and pedals, no change. During this same time, I was breaking spokes on the rear wheel of this bike. The LBS replaced the rear wheel and since then, no more broken spokes and the clicking noise stopped.

    On the Trek DS 8.3, I've got about 200 miles on it now and I am not breaking spokes on this one, but the clicking has started.

    Does this suggest something specific? Normal? Unusual? Thanks.
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    I haven't put 200 miles on the new wheel on the FX yet.

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    I'm getting the same thing. I'm guessing it's spoke tension....but don't listen to me. I don't know what I'm talking about!
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    Clydes can make all the clicks and noises come out. i had clicks coming from the BB once and the head tube another time. cheap pedals started creaking once as well. have them put you on a trainer and see if you can duplicate the issue.
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    Do what bbeck suggests

    You also want to check that the Chainring bolts are still tight. As you rotate the crank arms under load, the Chainrings can shift ever so slightly causing a "Click"

    Please post back, your results
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    If you have two bikes, try swapping wheel sets and see if the clicking goes away.

    Check your derailleur cable and make sure it's not ticking against your crank arm (I had that once)... usually it sticks out the farthest in your smallest chainring.

    Figure out if the clicking is happening once per pedal stroke or once per wheel revolution.

    I had a faint ticking/chirping sound once that was some front spokes... the wheel was properly tensioned and true and I could only hear it between certain speeds (too fast and the wind noise covered it up) and only when I had my head tilted to the side. it drove me nuts. Swapping the wheels proved it was the wheels though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    I had a faint ticking/chirping sound once that was some front spokes... the wheel was properly tensioned and true and I could only hear it between certain speeds (too fast and the wind noise covered it up) and only when I had my head tilted to the side. it drove me nuts. Swapping the wheels proved it was the wheels though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoJoe View Post
    What was the solution?
    New wheels of course!

    Full disclosure, I damaged that front wheel bombing down GMR a year ago and finally bought a new rim so I could relace it. I still need to tension it and retrue it but.... I'm using different wheels for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    New wheels of course!
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    I've had cheaper pedals go after that amount of riding and make a sound like you mention. You can try a new set; if the noise goes away, there it is. I've also has a large saddle bag (Carradice Super C) push a brake cable in each pedal stroke (older center pull brakes) which caused a nut on the brake cable "tick" against the rear reflector mount. It drove me nuts till I figured it out and removed the reflector mount. Now no noise!
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    Interesting ideas all of them, thanks. I will get to investigating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deaver View Post
    Do what bbeck suggests

    You also want to check that the Chainring bolts are still tight. As you rotate the crank arms under load, the Chainrings can shift ever so slightly causing a "Click"
    I would also suggest checking to see that the rear derailleur hanger is tight, if it's of the removable variety. When I've had this sort of problem, it's always been the chainring bolts or the RD hanger.

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    The cheap pedals with the reflectors that slide in make a clicking noise when the reflectors start to slide out.

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    My reflectors fell off a long time ago

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    ...hey there Jarrett, on my Specialized Crosstrail it started making that sound after about three weeks of steady riding. The same thing as yours, the sound only occurred when I was on the bike and was with each pedal stroke, in my case it was always at the exact top of the stroke. I took it into my LBS for warranty work as its almost brand new and when I picked it up he said it was simply a matter of tightening the connection where the pedal attaches to the crank using a pedal wrench. Too easy, it worked, no more noise and I've ridden a few weeks since them, guess I should get a pedal wrench for my tool kit...

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    I thought about checking that. I guess the pedal wrench is a specialty tool? Not a job you could do with standard tools?

    I was listening to it this morning and it sounds like something is hitting. Like a component brushing by another component but its impossible to look back far enough to see when riding.
    Last edited by Jarrett2; 07-24-13 at 02:16 PM.

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/park-bike-BI...item48571b1b96

    This is what I bought. Got it for $19.95 delivered. It's a very thin wrench. Most open-ended wrenches are too thick.

    This is cheaper, but I honestly don't know what size is needed. Assume this would work fine, but someone who knows more will chime in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    I thought about checking that. I guess the pedal wrench is a specialty tool? Not a job you could do with standard tools?
    Many pedals can be tightened using a metric Allen wrench inserted from behind the crank. Can't remember if the size is 6mm or 8mm. For some pedals (ex: Shimano PD-M540) this is the only way to tighten the pedal.

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    Jarrett - I've had that kind of clicking noise occur on a couple occassions. First time I went through everything like you did - spoke tension, crank, bb, pedals. Turned out it was the skewer in the rear wheel - there was no grease on it. Not sure why it made that click on each hard pedal stroke but as soon as I pulled the skewer and slathered it in some grease the noise was gone.

    Try it - only takes a couple minutes.

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    What is the skewer? I was listening closer today. There was no noise for the first 90 seconds of the ride, then it started clicking. After a few miles, it was a double click right on top of each other. By 15 miles, there were 3 clicks going on. So it seems to get worse the longer I ride. Does that offer any more evidence?

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    Or is it just a standard symptom of riding with fatassatosis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    What is the skewer?
    The skewer is the thing that keeps your wheel from falling out of the frame.

    Does that offer any more evidence?
    Have you already checked everything else that people have mentioned?

    FWIW, when my rear derailleur hanger was loose the noise seemed to get worse the longer I rode... When you hear multiple clicks in a row, it's often something chain related. The rear derailleur might not be properly aligned (or the RD hanger might be loose), for example, causing the chain to want to jump back and forth between different cassette cogs. By the time it gets to 2-3 clicks, you should be able to see it when you spin the cranks by hand I would think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
    What is the skewer?
    Assuming you have quick release wheels, the skewer is the rod that goes through the axle. Has a lever one one end and a cap/nut on the other. Just flip the lever, unscrew the black capnut thing, slide the skewer out, clean it off with a rag and wipe some fresh grease on it and then put it back in place.

    It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense that a dry / unlubed skewer would cause that noise - but it does on my bike.

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    Squeeze adjacent pairs of spokes together and see if you have an obviously under tensioned one.
    Does it do it in all gears? I had a tic that turned out to be my RDER plucking a spoke when on the largest cog.

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