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Annoying noise

darth chillydarth chilly Posts: 45
edited May 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
This morning quite a loud "clicking" noise developed whilst pedalling to work.

For a while it had just been a "creak" but now is most definitely a "click" :?

It only happens when pedalling forwards (I tried pedalling backwards when going downhill)...

Any ideas?

Could I need to remove pedals and cranks and regrease them?


  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Suggest it's the bottom bracket or the pedals. Only way to test is eliminate one at a time. Unless it's an open system (which it's prob not) greasing any bearings will be impossible.

    Ensure everything it torqued correctly first of and like I said eliminate one at a time.
  • cheers pal, I'll start with the pedals and hope its not the bottom bracket due to expense!
  • antikytheraantikythera Posts: 326
    Pedals and BB are a good first approach.

    But because the sound can resonant through the tubes the source could be somewhere else but appear to come from the BB.

    Another possibility is the saddle.
  • asdfhjklasdfhjkl Posts: 333

    Could be any one of a number of things. Work your way through that - it's just a process of elimination :)
  • RedJohnRedJohn Posts: 272
    Had this a couple of times when it turned out to be a broken spring in the freehub unit, the sound transferred forwards to the BB area. Unusual but something to be aware of.
  • Thanks for all of the advice, I'll see what happens tonight, I'll start with the pedals that looks the easiest! :lol:
  • TiBoyTiBoy Posts: 366
    I had a clicking coming from my chainset last week, thought it was either bottom bracket or pedals. Took the pedals off at the weekend and gave them a very good clean, regreased the theads and no more clicking. Fingers crossed it may be the same.
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  • captainflycaptainfly Posts: 1,001
    I get a really annoying clicking noise when I pedal on both of my bikes, unfortunately it's my knees :cry: :roll:
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  • Wotcha,

    Could I also suggest that you have a look at your seat post and seat.
    Grit is constantly thrown up at these items and if the click is heard whilst you pedal (and you're seated) it could be a tiny piece of grit between your seat post and seat tube, or a piece of grit between the rail and the clamp on your saddle ;-)

    I run a small amount of silicone sealant along the clamp under the seat rail, this tends to work very well :)
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  • Thanks for all of the helpful advice, i seem to have cured the problem by thoroughly cleaning the seat post and the saddle rails.

    Click free journey to work today and hopefully a quiet blast around Cannock Chase tomorrow apart from my screams! :lol:
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