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Old 05-07-12, 05:20 PM   #1
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HELP creaky Brooks Flyer

It's driving me crazy, loud annoying creak as I pedal. I've lubed every joint under the saddle and no change. What's the trick? Thanks
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Old 05-07-12, 05:43 PM   #2
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If you didn't lube the "nose" portion, then you need to. The squeak usually comes from there, but doesn't seem to. I melt proofide and drizzle it in there on my B-67.
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Does it need to be tightened up a bit?
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Tighten where it attaches to the seat post, and tighten the seat post bolt/QR.
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I have lubed all the attachment points, including the nose, front end and tightened connections.

I have not tightened the saddle itself, as in tighten the leather, that might be it. I've had the saddle several years without any noise, so maybe it needs to be tightened up a bit. Also what about where the rivets attach to the metal seat frame? Could those be creaking?
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Old 05-08-12, 05:40 AM   #6
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I recently had the same problem. About a 1/2 to 3/4 turn on the adjustment nut did the trick.
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If it has springs,
Make sure the bolts that are holding the 2 springs on, are not loosening.
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When my saddle was squeaking it turned out not to be the saddle.

Some grease and a re-tighten on the seatpost clamp screw and it was all better.
Granted there's no springs on a B17 so ymmv
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Ok the mystery thickens!

Swapped saddles with road bike and creaking is still there. Not the saddle.

Swapped pedals with road bike, still creaking, Not the pedals.

Tried pulling up only on the cranks, creaking gone. So it's either the bottom bracket bearing or my frame is cracked (don't even think it!)

What am I missing? Help
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suggest checking the crank arm bolt - if a little loose the crank can creak ?
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Your shoes!
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Yep, checked crank arm bolts first thing, very tight. Nope can't be shoes, different shoes for the road bike pedals I tried, good thought though. I hate mystery noises.

Don't have tools to mess with crank, will have to take to bike shop, I guess.
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Are your quick-releases tight? Maybe you're torquing on that.
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Quick releases to what? wheels? Shoes? Can't be wheels, and 2 different sets of shoes and also without using cleats on the platform side of touring pedals.

Thinking poltergeist!
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Your wheel quick-releases, if they are not tight enough they may move slightly under torque pressure.
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Knees?
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Tried pulling up only on the cranks, creaking gone. So it's either the bottom bracket bearing or my frame is cracked (don't even think it!)

What am I missing? Help
what type of bb? Last summer my square tapered bb on my mtn bike began a squeak, got the $10 tool to remove it, learned which side to remove first etc (forget already) took it out, liberally regreased the threads that hold it in place, put it back in. Squeak gone.

could be your issue too.
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Chain-ring bolts? I had one making a funny click for less than a mile, torqued hard and it snapped right out!
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Yep, checked the chain-ring bolts first thing, probably becasue that was the easiest thing to check.

Ordered bottom bracket tools from Nashbar yesterday, I need to learn how to do this myself.
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If you do it on your, be sure to get the sequence right, and not to overtighten the one side. I'd suggest going to the parks tools site, they have very good instructions.pages for all jobs.
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Check the rear wheel.
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Check the rear wheel.
Not spokes? Squeaks come from some weird places at times.

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Not spokes? Squeaks come from some weird places at times.

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Yes they do!!!

So here is the conclusion to this creepy, creaky story. I replaced my bottom bracket bearing and the creak is still there. A few choice words later and I'm back on the hunt for the noise.

Maybe it's the spokes where they cross, nope.

Maybe the seat tube clamp, nope.

Check the rear cassette again, nope.

Check all the things I've already checked, again, nope.

It was the rear rack !?!? Right where it bolts to the frame on the upper side. Never would have figured it. A drop of lube and a little (very little) tightening, gone. Silent running again.

So I guess the up side is that the noise is gone and I learned how to replace a bottom bracket :-)

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Yes they do!!!

So here is the conclusion to this creepy, creaky story. I replaced my bottom bracket bearing and the creak is still there. A few choice words later and I'm back on the hunt for the noise.

Maybe it's the spokes where they cross, nope.

Maybe the seat tube clamp, nope.

Check the rear cassette again, nope.

Check all the things I've already checked, again, nope.

It was the rear rack !?!? Right where it bolts to the frame on the upper side. Never would have figured it. A drop of lube and a little (very little) tightening, gone. Silent running again.

So I guess the up side is that the noise is gone and I learned how to replace a bottom bracket :-)
such is life isnt it? I've found that with mechanical stuff its often a process of muddling along. I really liked your last line, that kinda sums up how you have to look at it, and yes learning a new thing is always good for down the road

glad you found the source (goofy as it was)
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