A nasty case of the squeaks and creaks
Let me just start by saying that I'm a total n00b in the bike game, so I'll probably make some errors in terminology. I'll do my best to describe my issue.
I have an old road bike that I've been riding for about 6 months now. It's started squeaking and creaking pretty loudly and annoyingly.
My bike-smart roommate said my headset was too tight, so we tried to loosen the headset but we couldn't even get it all the way off, but we took off the top two spacers or whatever you call them, and the creaking more or less stopped. Stupid thing is, I was riding around with a loose headset.
Then, I took my bike to this local bike mechanic's house, he said it was probably my bottom bracket, even though the noise seems to be coming from my stem/headset area. He put my headset back on all the way, but now the creaking sound is back and with a vengeance.
The squeaking sound gets worse as I pedal harder, usually going up hill, but it also happens when I put pressure on my handle bars. So, which do you think it is? Should I focus on trying to loosen my headset, or do I need to take out my bottom bracket and grease it?
I realize I sound like a novice, which I am, but thanks anyways for any advice!
So you took the bike to a local mechanic and he actually looked at it, but you think people on the internet will be able to do a better job? Right? Well, let's get right into it.
a) don't mess with your headset if you don't know what you're doing. Feel free to learn and then mess with it but randomly tweaking it can't end well.
b) which parts of your bike are carbon?
c) can you get the creaking when you're putting no weight on the pedals at all? (lift your feet, pull and push on the bars)
d) what about when there's no weight on your bars (trickier to try)
Did the mechanic remove your BB and reinstall it or just say the creaking was from the BB?
Good luck, creaking sucks.