Creaking when putting down power

Polonium.
Polonium. Posts: 24
edited July 2012 in Workshop
Whenever I decide to start pedaling hard (mainly on hills), there is a clicking/creaking sound I think coming from around the BB / crank area. I have checked all the bolts are tight. pedals, crankbolt, chainring bolts. Is there anything else that can cause this? should i strip it all apart and grease everything? or replace?

Any help greatly appreciated!

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  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Looks like your bb bearings are getting to the end of their life
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  • gin0rm0
    gin0rm0 Posts: 40
    Polonium. wrote:
    Whenever I decide to start pedaling hard (mainly on hills), there is a clicking/creaking sound I think coming from around the BB / crank area. I have checked all the bolts are tight. pedals, crankbolt, chainring bolts. Is there anything else that can cause this? should i strip it all apart and grease everything? or replace?

    Any help greatly appreciated!

    If it does it when out of the saddle, put a small amount of grease on your front drop outs.
  • Polonium.
    Polonium. Posts: 24
    Yes, only noticed it when out of the saddle, and does it when i push down on each leg.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    Polonium. wrote:
    Yes, only noticed it when out of the saddle, and does it when i push down on each leg.

    That's exactly what you would expect if the bearings were worn...

    PS: if one had to grease the dropouts because the QR is squeeky, his life would be seriously at risk
    left the forum March 2023
  • glasgowbhoy
    glasgowbhoy Posts: 1,341
    I had this recently and had the BB bearings repalced but the creaking was still there around the BB area, turned out it was the bearings in my powertab hub that were grinding away. Check your wheel bearings too
  • Polonium.
    Polonium. Posts: 24
    Suprised if it is the bearings though, ive only had the bike for ~4 months, and it was new when I got it.
  • gin0rm0
    gin0rm0 Posts: 40
    Polonium. wrote:
    Yes, only noticed it when out of the saddle, and does it when i push down on each leg.

    That's exactly what you would expect if the bearings were worn...

    PS: if one had to grease the dropouts because the QR is squeeky, his life would be seriously at risk

    Never said anything about the qr. Apply a small amount of grease around the inside the dropout (where it sits on the axle).
  • mallorcajeff
    mallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    seconded for grease in the drop outs works every time for me
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    You do not say what bike. Does it have a BB30? If so it could be that even if it is relatively new as there can be issues with them if the frame is not a top notch fit/well machined.

    Also you do not say how many miles and in what conditons. If you have been racking up loads of miles in grimey weather and not cleaned/greaed it, it could still be the BB even if its a non BB30.

    Too many variables to give a proper diagnosis really.
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  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 21,112
    seconded for grease in the drop outs works every time for me

    Thirded. So simple to do, it is worth trying.

    Also grease the seatpost and the pedals.
  • jamesyp21
    jamesyp21 Posts: 36
    TheBigBean wrote:
    seconded for grease in the drop outs works every time for me

    Thirded. So simple to do, it is worth trying.

    Also grease the seatpost and the pedals.


    Fourthded.

    I had the same problem, worked for me.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,301
    gin0rm0 wrote:
    Polonium. wrote:
    Yes, only noticed it when out of the saddle, and does it when i push down on each leg.

    That's exactly what you would expect if the bearings were worn...

    PS: if one had to grease the dropouts because the QR is squeeky, his life would be seriously at risk

    Never said anything about the qr. Apply a small amount of grease around the inside the dropout (where it sits on the axle).

    If your dropout creaks against the axle, you have a crap QR, which doesn't hold properly. these are non rotating parts and there is no reason to grease them, the only reason is if your QR is not done up properly or it is a crap one (as most are).
    left the forum March 2023
  • gin0rm0
    gin0rm0 Posts: 40
    gin0rm0 wrote:
    Polonium. wrote:
    Yes, only noticed it when out of the saddle, and does it when i push down on each leg.

    That's exactly what you would expect if the bearings were worn...

    PS: if one had to grease the dropouts because the QR is squeeky, his life would be seriously at risk

    Never said anything about the qr. Apply a small amount of grease around the inside the dropout (where it sits on the axle).

    If your dropout creaks against the axle, you have a crap QR, which doesn't hold properly. these are non rotating parts and there is no reason to grease them, the only reason is if your QR is not done up properly or it is a crap one (as most are).

    Utter nonsense, just grease the dropouts and see if it works.