I think I have the noisiest folder on the planet!
It sounds like a train passing, clickity clack with every crank rotation.
I first replaced the bottom bracket, and that silenced some of the noise
but now I hear the other clicking (creaking?) noises. It only makes noise
when I pedal and it gets louder the harder I pedal. The pedals aren't
making the noise, I'm pretty sure it isn't the seat post since it still makes
noise when I'm out of the saddle (which is rare but I wanted to check).
I even checked to see of the folding mechanisms were tightened properly.
So what am I missing?
Is there a place on the hinge that is obvious or prone to rubbing?
My P-8 was also making creaking sounds, I put a tiny amount of grease on the handlebar and clamp as well as the sliding post extension, at the handlepost hinge and clamp, and at the seatpost clamp. I did not put any on the seatpost. This was done months ago and it has been quiet so far.
2004 Klein Aura V, 2007 Bike Friday NWT, 1989 Schwinn Sierra w/ Xtracycle
Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse
Are all folders this maintenance intensive?
Most. The extra joints and hinges tend to really complicate the situation, and folding and unfolding tends to move cables, bump derailleurs, jam pedals, etc - making them wear more quickly or simply get out of alignment more quickly.
My old Speed P8 was always creaking - ranged from the pedals to the seat/seatpost to the hinges.
My newer BF just had a case of the creaks too. Lubed the joints and fixed that.
So yeah, most folders are more maintenance intensive then our fixed-frame brethren.
But they fit in my office and in the trunks of cars far better!