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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 10-08-07, 05:13 PM   #1
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Might be a newbie question..

So as I was riding home from school today on my recently built steamroller ( only two weeks old ) I started hearing *and feeling* a clicking noise of some sorts. Now this may sound stupid I dunno but does a new chain make a noise when its stretching for a little while? It's a 1/8th " kool chain, and i've never ridden that size and I cant remember if my previous fixed which was 3/32 made a noise stretching or not. The tension isn't super tight or super slack, it's just perfect. Should I take the cranks off, take out the bb, regrease it, put it all back on snug and just go from there, or is this sound normal for a chain? I'm hoping it's not my new miche cranks.
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Old 10-08-07, 05:27 PM   #2
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Not to worry, a lot of drive train clicks just mean that something is a little too loose or not greased enough. If the sound is in time with your pedal strokes, it could be the pedals, chainring bolts, cranks or bb. Remove, regrease and retighten them in that order (from smallest to biggest pita, that is).
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Old 10-08-07, 05:32 PM   #3
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yeah, it's in the same spot on both sides of the pedal stroke. I guess i'll just spend my night off taking it apart and greasing the **** out of the bb and tightening everything and doing it all over again.
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OK but i recommend that you don't get into the harder stuff until the easy stuff fails.
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Old 10-08-07, 06:40 PM   #5
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yeah, check the chainring and the cranks first. that's usually been the culprit for me.
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