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What's that creaking sound?

itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
edited May 2011 in Commuting chat
My Trek has begun to squeeze/creak when I get out of the saddle or mash a big gear, sounds like stress carbon rather than a metal on metal noise.

Let the endless hunt begin :(

1. Not the front fork dropouts
2. Not the front brakes rubbing
3. Not the chain
4. Not the front gears rubbing
5. Not the axles or springs

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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Your knees?
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
  • Jay dubbleUJay dubbleU Posts: 3,197
    I had a similar problem on the Genesis - turned out to be the pedals - drop of Locktite on the threat sorted it - in your case I imagine everything is creaking today :wink:
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Almost certainly pedals or cleats. Mine does it all the time. Try moving your foot position/angle to see if the noise changes.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • acidstratoacidstrato Posts: 945
    clean & grease your BB threads
    Crafted in Italy apparantly
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,271
    Stem/headset/shifters?
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  • desweller wrote:
    Stem/headset/shifters?

    This. Stem and bars first.

    Try this: out of the saddle, mashing the biggest gear you can, then move your hands in on the bars so they are as close to the stem as you can manage. Minimises the leverage, see...?

    If the creaking is still there and just as loud, look somewhere else.
    Swim. Bike. Run. Yeah. That's what I used to do.

    Bike 1
    Bike 2-A
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    All very sound advice, i'm thinking front end ie stem and bar clamp ATM i've had this before on the Trek.

    6. Chainring bolts
    7. Bottom bracket (mmmm ceramic bearings)
    8. Knees
    9. Rear derailleur jockey wheels
    10. front gear cable

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    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    Just out of interest (and without wishing to flog a dead horse) what pedals are you using?
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    itboffin wrote:
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into

    Do a search on "creaking AND Keo" on here.....
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    itboffin wrote:
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into

    Do a search on "creaking AND Keo" on here.....

    I hate my Keo's I just can't get clipped in comfortably and traffic lights are a fooking nightmare.

    SPDs work perfectly but wont fit my Sidi's :cry:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • Mate, it's time to step up.

    To the choice of a Champion.

    To Merckx Podios.

    Because you're worth it.
    Swim. Bike. Run. Yeah. That's what I used to do.

    Bike 1
    Bike 2-A
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    itboffin wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into

    Do a search on "creaking AND Keo" on here.....

    I hate my Keo's I just can't get clipped in comfortably and traffic lights are a fooking nightmare.

    SPDs work perfectly but wont fit my Sidi's :cry:

    Tried these http://www.wiggle.co.uk/sidi-dura-ace-adaptor/#more

    I was thinking of going that route
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,550
    I binned my Keo cleats after about a week. Nose broke off one, they creaked like mad and I also found them far more difficult to clip into than SPDs.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    Greg66 wrote:
    Mate, it's time to step up.

    To the choice of a Champion.

    To Merckx Podios.

    Because you're worth it.

    Now you've just gotta stop smoking crack before bed. Even those journo from BR were shocked at your 1911 cycle footwear gramps.
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • wvanrywvanry Posts: 78
    itboffin wrote:
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into
    I hate to say this but shitmano dura-ace pedals are best :/
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    wvanry wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    Look keo which are pants at clipping into
    I hate to say this but shitmano dura-ace pedals are best :/

    :shock:

    You've changed
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    Right a new day so more things to test, lube and tighten :(
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    11. Copper slip on all the stem bolts
    12. Removed almost seized carbon seatpost and regreased
    13. Checked condition of keo springs - fine
    14. Check pump
    15. Cleaned rims
    16. Clean cable outers
    17. Sprayed teflon lube in the downtube

    Still a slight creaking, I know I should have just removed the forks headset & stem completely that's bound to be it, all that will happen now is i'll get about 10 miles into a ride and it'll start sounding like a rusty gate post in the wind. :evil:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    18. Removed fork & headset (very clean)
    19. Removed stem & copperslipped
    20. Regreased fork & headset
    21. Adjusted front brake spring tension

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    noise is almost gone but i'm not fooled it'll be back :evil:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • deswellerdesweller Posts: 5,271
    Shifter clamps?
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  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,921
    Admit it, it's your arthritic knees/hips, not the bike. No noises from your right elbow as that is regularly excercised lifitng the glass of Pimms to your mouth, the rest of your body needs more excercise. When I get as old as you I'll probably creak as much as you do.
    I've added a signature to prove it is still possible.
  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,692
    desweller wrote:
    Shifter clamps?

    Shut it you :evil:
    Rule #5 // Harden The censored Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
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