My bars are a bit too small for the stem, so I used a couple of shims from coke cans to make it work. Was working perfectly for a few weeks and then the other night the shim kind of slipped out resulting in shifting bars and me taking a slam.
I got the shim back into place, tightened the stem up and its fine until I get my new bars.
Now there is a noise that is driving me bat-**** crazy. It's constant, not with every pedal rotation, just constant. The rougher the streets the louder the noise is. On the freshly paved roads that ride like butter, there is no noise whatsoever.
When I lift my bike up and spin the cranks, the noise isn't there.
I check chain tension to make sure spokes weren't causing this by squeezing them together looking for a similar sound.. Seems to be okay.
At this point I took my bike over to my LBS and my friend there rode it. He greased the pedals and the spoke nipples. "That's what its gotta be. It's not your bottom bracket, no way the shim is making that noise and your wheels seem fine."
Sound is still here. I can't really describe the sound. Its not a creaking sound a bottom bracket makes and its not a clicking noise either. More of a constant, "rubbing" sound. Sounds like a sword fight.
Any ideas? I am going insane riding with this noise.