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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 07-18-10, 11:43 PM   #1
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Anyone know what my bike makes noises?

Whenever my left crank makes bout a half rotation, there is like a creaky noise. This only happens when I'm riding pretty slow or cruising. But, when I mash or ride fast, you can barely hear anything at all.

Anyone know wassup?


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Old 07-18-10, 11:48 PM   #2
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Pedals or bottom bracket threads need grease?
Actually, its weird that it doesnt happen when you are "mashing".
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Old 07-18-10, 11:56 PM   #3
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Yeah, I'm gonna try and spray some grease into the crank arms/bb. If that doesn't work guess I'll bring it to my LBS.
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Old 07-19-10, 12:10 AM   #4
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Ah..spray? What grease are you using?
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Old 07-19-10, 12:19 AM   #5
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Yeah... if your grease is sprayable, its probably not grease!
Remember, WD-40 is ANTI-GREASE!
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Old 07-19-10, 06:55 PM   #6
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Lol woops, I read the can of the WD-40 and it says " stop squeaks".

What grease do I need, and does it require me taking my bike apart? ( don't got the tools =[ )
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Old 07-19-10, 07:09 PM   #7
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Wow.

Yes, you need grease. Something like "heavy duty wheel bearing grease", you can find it at the hardware store.

Yes, you'll probably need to overhaul your bottom bracket if you've been spraying WD-40 in there.

You can probably have it done at a shop for pretty cheap.
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Old 07-19-10, 07:17 PM   #8
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you should only use a WD-40 on a bike when you want to take off some ourys. Get it checked out by your LBS, they'll overhaul it and put some normal grease on it. Maybe your squeak will disappear then.
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Old 07-19-10, 07:21 PM   #9
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Alright, thanks guys.
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+10000000 on LBS. Keep us broke ass mechanic's employed.
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+1 on the LBS.
Might also want to pick up some of this to keep around (Home Depot, 6$):
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Old 07-20-10, 09:07 AM   #12
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does it only happen when you are sitting?
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I had that happen when mashing. I greased my brand new pedals and it went away. I use Bel Ray waterproof grease.
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does it only happen when you are sitting?
This.

Saddle/seatpost creaks can happen when soft pedaling and have a rhythm that sounds like a BB/crankset creak. I'm still trying to stop the one on my road bike and for a week I thought it was drivetrain noise.
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Saddle/seatpost creaks can happen when soft pedaling and have a rhythm that sounds like a BB/crankset creak. I'm still trying to stop the one on my road bike and for a week I thought it was drivetrain noise.

Yeah. Thats it. The creak only happens when I soft pedal/cruise. But when I mash its barely noticeable.

But, I'll still get it checked out.
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this happened to me recently

got a new chain, and i think it went away.
though i could use a new chainring regardless
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Yellowbeard - Put a drop or two of any light oil on your saddle rails.
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Yellowbeard - Put a drop or two of any light oil on your saddle rails.
Already done. In the past I've cured it temporarily by cleaning out the seatpost clamp, the saddle clamp and by greasing the rails, but it would come back in two weeks (on race night, no less) or in the rain. Gave the whole thing a cleaning yesterday with mineral spirits and a toothbrush, covered everything with marine grease and dripped oil into the ends of the saddle rails while tightening the screws slightly. Also tore my whole steering column apart to get rid of two different clicks in that area. Sweet silence, which is more than I could say for some of the bikes racing beside me last night.
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I GOT IT FIXED!

it turns out that my crank arms weren't tighten all the way. I went in my LBS and they test/fixed for free. =DD
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I GOT IT FIXED!

it turns out that my crank arms weren't tighten all the way. I went in my LBS and they test/fixed for free. =DD
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Maybe if you charged people you wouldn't be so broke?


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Maybe if you charged people you wouldn't be so broke?


Just sayin'. (lmao)
LBS = make money selling parts/bikes. Help people out with easy fixes for free. People are happy, come back and want to spend money on parts/bikes. Help (more) people out with easy fixes for free. (More) people are happy, come back, and want to spend money on parts/bikes. Rinse, repeat if necessary.

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Old 07-22-10, 07:30 AM   #22
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I want to move into your locality. My LBSes aren't aware of this philosophy.

PS, my bad. I didn't read the prior post. I get it now. I may not be steady yet but ...

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Old 07-22-10, 11:37 AM   #23
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LBS = make money selling parts/bikes. Help people out with easy fixes for free. People are happy, come back and want to spend money on parts/bikes. Help (more) people out with easy fixes for free. (More) people are happy, come back, and want to spend money on parts/bikes. Rinse, repeat if necessary.

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LOl, yeah bro. Your right.

That LBS is the only one I ever go to cause the people there are hella chill. They give out 10% off coupons, host rides, and sometimes they give out free ****tss. ( I got free grips, =DD)
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