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Old 08-01-06, 09:49 PM   #1
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The dreaded squeak!

My commuter bike has had an annoying squeak ever since I started riding it this year. I couldn't tell where it was coming from and it came and went intermittently so it was hard to diagnose. I finally caved and brought the bike home so I could figure out what was going on.

Well I have narrowed the problem down to the rear hub or the derailleur jockey wheels. I am going to lubricate them both up and hopefully the squeak will be gone.

It doesn't sound like a big deal, but that squeak turns what should be a Zen moment as I cruise the highway to work into a serial killer frenzy as I get mad and try to ignore the noise - I fail and then get more mad.

Maybe it was just a cry for attention? I have to admit I wouldn’t want to spend 12hrs a day locked up in a tiny metal locker at the end of the train line. Bikes are like kids - they cost more money than you anticipated, don't always do what you want and you love them anyways.
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Old 08-02-06, 09:23 AM   #2
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Annoying bike noises are a fact of life. I take it as a challenge to diagnose and treat the annoying noise.
Occasionally, I have to fight the temptation to lube everything on the bike to get it over with.
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Old 08-02-06, 03:54 PM   #3
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Good luck, I had a terrible squeak that was annoying the hell out of me. I swore up and down that it was coming from the BB. About 2 months ago I replaced my quick release seat post binder with a bolt-on. The squeak went away.
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Old 08-02-06, 04:35 PM   #4
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I hate the country so dry so dusty come back from an hour or 2 commute legs are filthy wonder what the drive train must feel like in these conditions
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Old 08-02-06, 05:22 PM   #5
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Good luck, I had a terrible squeak that was annoying the hell out of me. I swore up and down that it was coming from the BB. About 2 months ago I replaced my quick release seat post binder with a bolt-on. The squeak went away.
I had already suspected the noise might be from my front hub and then my BB or pedals. The bike has a really loud freewheel so the only way to hear anything is to pedal and at my bike locker it is hard to hold the bike up, pedal and listen all by myself.

As soon as I got it on the stand at home I could tell it was coming from the rear hub or jockey wheels. I lubed the crap out of everything back there with some of Perdo's finest and so far it is silent.

I know bike noises are a fact of life to some extent, but I have had several quiet bikes and once you taste the forbidden fruit it is hard to go back!....
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Squeaks are sometimes VERY hard to actually pin down...sound may be carrying in different ways, or worse, it will only duplicate itself on a road whilst pushing the pedals, not when casually moved on a bike repair stand.

That's when it gets really maddening.
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Squeaking bikes aren't a fact of life. They're your bike trying to tell you that it needs some TLC! If it's coming from the rear hub you probably need to repack the bearings.Try oiling the derailleur first of course since that's so easy, but if that doesn't work repack the hub before you destroy it!
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