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Help me eliminate a nagging, irritating click

Old 10-21-08, 08:48 PM
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Help me eliminate a nagging, irritating click

Please help me get ride of this nagging, irritating noise that is driving me crazy.

l hear, and feel, some clicking noises that sounds like itís coming from the bottom bracket area.

The noise is most pronounced in 34\19 and 34\17 but will occur in almost any gear combination.

I donít think itís the seat post because the noise occurs when Iím seated or standing, but generally occurs only up hill under load.

It sounds a bit like cross chaining, but itís not.

Itís irregular and non rhythmic.

I donít think itís coming from the handlebars or headset because Iíve tried applying pressure on the bars, in different positions and directions, and it doesn't seem to affect the noise at all.

The clicking does not occur on downhills or flats.

I oiled the chain. That didnít help.

I switched out the pedals. That didnít help.

I switched cleats. That didnít help.

I tightened the seat post. That didnít help.

I substituted a different rear wheel. That didnít help either.

Help!!!!!
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Old 10-21-08, 08:51 PM
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Does it sound like a click? Or a clack? Or a crack? Or a creak? No really, I'm serious. A click is sort of more like chainring noise. And so does a creak (creak sound cause by the time your chainring goes from point A to point B, is far so it does a more "creaking" sound). A crack sounds more like pedal noise. And a clack sounds more like BB noise (well, old style bb's that is).
I guess I'm asking on what pitch do you think it is.
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Old 10-21-08, 08:55 PM
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Aluminum frame by any chance? Try tightening the quick release levers on the rear. Even if they seem tight, just tighten them some more. That was the source of my nagging clicking sound while pedaling hard uphill. Once tightened, the sound went away.
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Old 10-22-08, 11:49 AM
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1. Your shoe hitting the tip of your front derailleur cable as you pedal
2. Loose bar clamping on stem
3. take off your cleats and rub a candle (for the wax) on the sole of your shoe where the cleats attach.
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Old 10-22-08, 11:53 AM
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Spokes on front wheel? Mine must be haunted, as they make odd noises (including clicks) at random times.
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Old 10-22-08, 12:06 PM
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Two very annoying noise issues that I have had are:

1. Clicking from drive-side BB cup. It wasn't loose enough where you can tell by hand...but with the BB tool, you can tell that it was loose. In my case it always happen at approximately the same cycle of the pedal stroke; this probably isn't you problem as you said it's random.

2. Clicking from seat post in seat tube. Basically junk from the road gets kicked up from the rear tire that ends up on part of the seat post. A couple of times I didn't tighten the clamp enough and the post slid down a bit, which forced some of the debris into the tube, causing clicking noise from the fine sand being ground between the seat post and seat tube...
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Old 10-22-08, 12:24 PM
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I'd say time for a new bike! Chuck it for a new non-clicking model!

Seriously, clicking is F-ing maddening! Last time I had a mystery noise it was discovered that my rear quick release was not dangerously loose but loose enough to allow the wheel to become nearly imperceptibly disengaged from the dropouts.

Time before then a thorough cleaning and lubing did the trick.

Good luck!
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Old 10-22-08, 12:26 PM
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Without even checking anything else, I'd pull off my pedals, crankarms, chaingrings, and BB cups. Clean everything really well, then assemble with grease on pedal threads and bb cups. It's a 10 minute operation.

If it still creaks, there's a chance it's related to an very slightly over-tightened headset.

Cleaning QR surfaces is a good idea, as mentioned above. Also, make sure there's a bit of oil or grease on the freehub body under the (very clean) cassette.
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Old 10-22-08, 12:26 PM
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Are you kidding me? It sounds like it's coming from the bottom bracket yet you've done everything BUT fix the bottom bracket?
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Old 10-22-08, 12:27 PM
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remove the handlebar faceplate, grease the bolts and retighten them.
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Old 10-22-08, 12:37 PM
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Funny--when I first read the title of this thread I thought you said "chick" instead of "click".
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Old 10-22-08, 12:42 PM
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I had a similar noise that sounded like it came from my BB. Turned out to be my pedals. I have Keo Classic pedals and I just needed to pull it apart and clean out and regrease the needle bearings. Now I have no more creaking sound.

Of course this was about 6-7 months after I started hearing it and pulling off, cleaning, re-tightening, re-greasing everything else under the sun and BB!

My buddy just had a similar sound and it turned out to be a bad Ritchey hub.

Good luck!!
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Old 10-22-08, 12:42 PM
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Have you tried tightening whatever crank retaining mechanism this bike has?
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Old 10-22-08, 12:45 PM
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Take off your saddle bag.
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Old 10-22-08, 12:46 PM
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This may be a long shot, but check your water bottle cages. I recently had a similar sound and counldn't for the life of me track it down. Then one time after taking a drink of water and replaceing my bottle I noticed the cage was broken. Once I replaced the cage the problem went away.
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Old 10-22-08, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch View Post
Are you kidding me? It sounds like it's coming from the bottom bracket yet you've done everything BUT fix the bottom bracket?
Though everything should be checked out, it is rarely the BB.
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Old 10-22-08, 01:18 PM
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Are you by chance running Campy Ultratorque cranks? If so, it sounds similar to the "Campy click"; you need to add a spacer behind one of the BB cups to bring the width to exactly the widest width Campagnolo suggests. There was a thread about it a while back.
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Old 10-22-08, 01:54 PM
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I had a loose headset on a Ti bike that made sounds like it came from the bb area. I also helped a friend diagnose a similar sound he thought was a bb - the spokes make sounds where they crossed from grease and dirt
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Clicking sounds could be from many of these options. If you follow the suggestion of cleaning the BB, I say take it to your LBS for another set of ears to listen and ride in a fairly quiet place. I had a a (sort-of) clicking sound on my Gipiemme wheels that came with my '05 Cannondale R500. I took it to the LBS where I bought it and he kept saying it was loose (this part) or loose (that part) and tightened it up but it kept returning. I took it to another LBS (where I actually do most of my shopping and brain-picking) and they discovered it was wheel tension. The wheels to true as true gets, but they worked on it for me and when I got it back, the noise was gone and it was as quiet as a brand new bike. Three hundred miles later, the noise hasn't returned, and it would have under the advice of the other shop.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
It sounds a bit like cross chaining, but itís not.
My bike makes this noise too. I can look down and see that the cage is clearly not touching the chain. I have an ultegra triple. It runs fine and feels smooth so I just figured it's just a noise that particular bike likes to make. It's irritating as hell. I'll take it apart now that it's offseason and see if I can track it down.
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Old 10-22-08, 08:53 PM
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Take the chain off. Spin the cranks fast and then let them go while holding onto the frame near the BB. If you feel vibrations, your BB needs work.

But I doubt it's your BB. Usually that noise is more regular and happens at a certain place in the rotation while mashing.
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Old 10-23-08, 01:37 AM
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Try tightening the b-screw a bit.

I had clicking that I thought was coming from the BB, but was actually the derailleur pulleys hitting the cassette sprockets.
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Old 10-23-08, 03:07 AM
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If the bike is carbon, tighten the front skewer.
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Old 10-23-08, 04:02 AM
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Had same click,checked obvious parts nothing,narrowed it down to cranks and pedals.New cranks and pedals later,click still there....swapped wheels and it dissappeared WTF.
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Originally Posted by NRRider View Post
Funny--when I first read the title of this thread I thought you said "chick" instead of "click".
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