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Old 05-13-06, 01:26 PM   #1
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Seeking advice on creaky bottom bracket

So riding my old road bike the other day I noticed that the bottom bracket was creaking a tiny bit. Stopping to check things out there was a little side to side movement in the cranks. I took it home and promptly didn't ride it for the rest of the week, using my backup bike for commuting. I haven't had the time to look into getting a new BB for it yet but I was hoping to go to a small introductory road riding course tomorrow morning with the bike. My question is: is it alright to ride a bike with a slightly creaky BB, or should I hold off until I get it fixed?
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Old 05-13-06, 03:21 PM   #2
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It may just be that the crankarms are loose, as you stated in your post. Try tightening teh crankarms up, and ride around the block on a trighter gear applying pressure trying to enduce the squeeking. It's a quick fix, but overall bring it to the shop to get it checked out when you ge tthe time.
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creaking could be many things...lube up the pedals first. after repacking the bearings, install the shells with teflon tape. I like to start the shell, then wrap some teflon tape on about half the threads.
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