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can pedals creak??

andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
edited June 2008 in MTB workshop & tech
when im riding am gettin a big creak from the crank area, had bb and cranks checked by lbs and all is fine, however there is a worrying soundng creaking noise. there is no play in the cranks whatsoever

the pedals are only cheap ones, could they have died after only a few weeks. i tend to walk on th outside of feet at times and pedal this way, i notice when i try not to put as much force on the pedals, ie push pedals with toes the creaking is not as bad, but im applying the same if not more pressure with legs

i cant afford any new ones til end of month, if they are damages will they bust my crank?? as far as i can tell its only the left side, and around the part of the pedal that joins the crank there is rust already

they are only cheap wellgo pedals

thanks in advance


  • ian_worbyian_worby Posts: 331
    Sounds like you need to whip off the pedals and put some fresh grease/anti-seize on the threads. I've had the same problem before with and XT chainset and easton pedals.

    They should be fine after that
  • if they are creaking I would say it would more likely be the bearings than the threads. if they can be dismantled whip them apart and see what condition they look like, if they can't be dismantled bin and replace. decent new pedals won't break the bank, £20-£40 will get you a good set if you know where to look. ie Merlin. etc
  • dennisndennisn Posts: 10,601
    Last week I had a squeak coming from my right pedal and or crankset that about drove me crazy. Tightened things up and lubed everything down there. No luck. Finally squirted a bit of lube in and around the saddle - seatpost interface. No squeak now. I say this because, while it may sound like it's coming from this or that component I have been
    fooled many times before and I'm going to assume it can happen to you too. Squeaks
    can come from just about anywhere that two or more pieces of metal are bolted together
    or touching each other and there are more than a few places that fit this description.
    Damn bikes anyway. Sorry starting to rant. For what it's worth I doubt that your pedals
    have died so quickly, even if they are cheap ones. My advice - oil one thing - ride the bike
    - repeat until no squeak. Oh yea, make sure everyting is tight.

    Dennis Noward
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    cheers for that. almost certain it's the pedal as i can kind of make it happen on request lol!

    might wiping them off tomorrow an have a look but for tenna pedals hardly seems worth it. looks like the saying is true, buy cheap buy twice!

    what is t worst that can happen if t bearings have gone? will it be ok for around another 60-100 miles

    they are wellgo flats btw
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Dennis is spot on - they often come from areas you son't expect!

    Park Tools has a great guide on diagnosing noises.
  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    ok after a bit of reasearch on the net some people give them decent reviews, but people also say if your a heavy rider like i am then they are rubbish and a few say there is a really annoying clicking noise which is exactly what i have got

    looks like i need some new pedals and just put ipod up louder so i dont hear it lol

    would like to get the shimano flat pedals but not sure can afford them so can anyone give any comments on the dmr v8 pedals??

  • Chris`IChris`I Posts: 206
    would like to get the shimano flat pedals but not sure can afford them so can anyone give any comments on the dmr v8 pedals??

    V8s are excellent for the price. My local Halfords have them for £20 and for that they are a steal. Mine have lasted a fair few years and only now I am looking to get some new ones, most likely V12s. Have a look on ebay too as they have 2007 models going quite a bit cheaper than RRP. :)
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  • zaynanzaynan Posts: 180
    Andy Craddock - Chainring bolts are also often a source of creaks and squeaks! It's a pain inthe censored to do (especially if it turns out not to be the squeak source) but greasing all chainring bolts (threads and where they sit inthe ring) might solve the problem. I did this whenI thought my pedals were creaking (which I too could make them do 'on demand'!) Hoever I greased threads (pedals were weeks old so bearings unlikely to be at fault) and the creak continued. So check the chainring bolts!
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  • andy83andy83 Posts: 1,558
    cheers for that, what grease do you recomend, the chainset is brand new also, however dont think it is that as the noise comes from the left hand side where the chainrings are not situated. as i say looks like it is the pedals so think its just a case of waiting for me to get some new ones lol
  • patriot1patriot1 Posts: 1
    if your pedals have a plastic end cap, tryflicking this out
    and pumping a load of grease into the bearings as this should
    help you get a load more miles out of them till the end of the month
    or months in some cases??
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