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Old 08-07-06, 06:30 PM   #1
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Creaking handlebars?

I just started riding a set of Fuji track bars off of a track se... up until my last ride, I never noticed any noises, but throughout the whole ride the bars started creaking louder and louder. Now, it's to the point where I can be off the bike, and just give them a little pressure, and it creaks. Should I be worried about this??

And also on a side note, I'm looking for some old cinelli STEEL bars *wink wink*
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Old 08-07-06, 06:37 PM   #2
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Are they tightened* properly?
Is the stem clamp the right diameter for the bars?
You could also try putting a little bit of grease on the clamp.

*but not over-tightened.
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Everything fits and is tightened correctly. The sound actually sounds like it's coming from the bars themselves, at the bend where it starts dropping. Now, keep in mind that I'm 185lbs, then I have a 30-35lb bag on, and I'm riding a 52x17 and climbing hills in the drops. Could that have torqued them up?
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I would be worried. The bars shouldn't creak at all. I would take off the tape and really inspect them to make sure they aren't cracked at all. If you have another bar, you might try it just to be sure the sound isn't coming from the stem. Sound travel through metal really well and could be tricking you. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to replace the bars anyway. There are few things that cause more pain when they break than bars.
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Try cleaning and greasing the stem. I had a similar problem. I tried tightening the clamp etc. to no avail but cleaning and greasing the stem fixed the problem.
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This is an open faced stem too, I'm not sure if that's relevant at all. I'll try lightly greasing it...

Thanks for the tips!
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and you're sure they aren't 25.4mm bars in a 26.0mm stem, or vice versa?
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yeah, I'm 99% sure. Like I said, there was no creaking for over a week, it started all on one ride. That's why I think it might be the bars... I double check fitment, and tightness, and it all seemed well. I dunno, I'll double check sizes too just to be safe.
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I would be amazed if this was the bars not the stem. Crappy stems have a tendency to not grip the bars well. You don't want to grease the clamp. Take the bars out and inspect the area around the clamp for damage then put them back in and tighten them. Or buy a new stem. New bars are fine but solid peices of metal tend not to creak when bent, a peice of metal moving around in a clamp does.
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**** it, just weld the whole setup in place.
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I would be worried. The bars shouldn't creak at all. I would take off the tape and really inspect them to make sure they aren't cracked at all. If you have another bar, you might try it just to be sure the sound isn't coming from the stem. Sound travel through metal really well and could be tricking you. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to replace the bars anyway. There are few things that cause more pain when they break than bars.
Yes dont take this too lightly and inspect everything. The last time I had a creeky sound in my bars was on my cyclocross bike. It kept getting worse and worse and it sometimes even sounded like it was comming from the BB. Finally during a race I was out of the saddle climbing and the stem snapped in two and I went down. Fortunatlly I was going real slow. So check that out good.
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Old 08-08-06, 04:18 PM   #12
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man, i started getting a creaking on my fuji stem/drops this past week too, and i'm worried they're cracked. i already took them apart and cleaned them and stuff... haven't de-taped them though. guess i'm in the market for some nitto b125's now
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