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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?


    Thanks.

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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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    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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    Ah..spray? What grease are you using?

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    Yeah... if your grease is sprayable, its probably not grease!
    Remember, WD-40 is ANTI-GREASE!

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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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    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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    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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    dude u need that trixie tool its the best tool ever it even comes with a bottle opener ! dude all the messengers reccomended it to me and evr since i got it im basically a mechaninc now and all the bike shops want me.

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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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    dude...you can't "no ****" something THAT ****. That's like saying "sometimes I just like to make out with dudes...no ****"

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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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    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.
    I'll eat it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellowbeard View Post
    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.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
    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.
    I'll eat it first.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by nathant53 View Post
    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
    Quote Originally Posted by Deshi View Post
    +10000000 on LBS. Keep us broke ass mechanic's employed.
    Maybe if you charged people you wouldn't be so broke?


    Just sayin'. (lmao)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Messenger View Post
    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.

    New 'quations

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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 ...
    Last edited by itri; 07-22-10 at 07:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent Life View Post
    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.

    New 'quations

    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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