Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-21-08, 07:44 AM   #1
Registered User
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 508
Creaky Dahon P8

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?

CrimsonEclipse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-08, 08:30 AM   #2
Professional Fuss-Budget
Bacciagalupe's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 6,438
Next thing to check is the seatpost and saddle.

While you're at it, make sure the hinges are tight, but not TOO tight.
Bacciagalupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-08, 10:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 351
If it's a "creaking" noise, it's probably not the drive train. If it's "clicking" I'd concentrate on that.

Carefully go over the frame and check for cracks, etc. Hairline cracks can hide at weld joints.

Also check the handlepost hinge and headset. There can be a tendency to have the pulling forces on the handlebars keep time with your peddling. I ran into this on two Dahons.

A real left field possibility would be loose spokes.

Can you duplicate the sound off the bike?
Clownbike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-08, 01:23 PM   #4
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 36
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.
mtb29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-08, 01:49 PM   #5
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Cleveland, OH
Bikes: 2011 Velo Orange Randonneur, 2015 Jamis Coda, 2004 Klein Aura V, 2007 Bike Friday NWT, 1989 Schwinn Sierra w/ Xtracycle
Posts: 109
Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse View Post
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!

gazer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-08, 01:59 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Victoria BC Canada & La Quinta CA USA
Bikes: Birdy Red 8 speed, Birdy Blue 21 Speed, Birdy Monocoque 24 Speed, 2002 Devinci Desperado, 1996 Rocky Mountain Hammer Race
Posts: 350
Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse View Post
Jeeze, what is it with this thing?!
I've never had a bike that needed more TLC than this one. Every 150 miles I have to rework
both of the hinges for adjustment and lube.

Are all folders this maintenance intensive?

Hell no! So far my Birdy has needed minimal maintenance.

It folds at the front and rear suspension and a hinge in the handlebar stem. All have been maintenance free so far.

The only maintenance needed has been to periodically clean and lube the chain and replace brake pads as with any bike.

energyandair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-12-08, 10:50 PM   #7
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 28
most dahon come with suntour folding pedals..they're heavy and the bearings inside will wear out after a few hundred kilometres..therefore it becomes damn noisy..

another part is the seat post holder..make sure it's not too tight..
foldie is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:12 AM.