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Old 07-28-10, 08:14 PM
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Weird clicking on new bike

I just picked up a new Kestrel Talon Tri bike, and there is a weird clicking coming from the right pedal/crank. You can't hear it that much, but I can feel it in my shoe, so I don't know if it's a problem with the crank/bb or the cleat. It is only on the right side, and only when I am pushing a harder gear at a lower RPM, particularly when I am out of the saddle climbing. It also only comes right after I hit the top of the pedal stroke. I tried tightening down all the crank bolts and pedals, and I made sure the threads on the pedals were greased in case it was a little metal on metal popping/binding. The pedals aren't anything fancy, Shimano R540s, but they are brand new, less than 100 miles on the whole rig. The only thing that's old is my shoes and cleats. I took a look at the cleats and the yellow edge on the front of the cleat is worn through. I am replacing them before I ride next, but I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not that will cause a click or pop like that or if anyone has any experience with cleats wearing out? Thanks
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Well, no luck. Still the same pop at the top of the pedal stroke, accompanied by a few faint, close together clicks that sound almost like a grinding or creaking. any ideas?
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Maybe the bottom bracket retaining cups?
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I had a noise like that once. It was the end of the front der cable sticking out and touching the crank arm.
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If the crank/bottom bracket turns out to not be the issue, there are a couple of other things to consider - seat post and saddle rails. I discovered both of these almost by accident after almost completely breaking the frame and liberally applying grease just about everywhere. Nearly drove me NUTS trying to figure out the source.

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Old 08-02-10, 03:34 PM
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I assume it is very inconvenient to take it back to the shop? That would be my first inclination.
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Yeah, shop is a ways away. I think I am going to tinker a bit more tomorrow and take it out again for a bit, and if there's no luck, back to the shop.
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Well, luck has it that I jsut happened to find out one of the guys I am stationed with was a bike mech for 3 years in college and has all of his tools with him here. So I sent it home with him so he can take a look at it.
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I have had good luck in removing clicking sounds by tightening the chain ring bolts.
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