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  • Premier Icon Suggsey
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    What bike what shoe pedal combination has the bike been serviced recently too many variables without more info.

    Mackem
    Member

    My guess, would be the BB.

    jekkyl
    Member

    New pedals? Any you can swap to try.
    How old is the bottom bracket, ready for replacement? BB on tight?
    All the chain ring bolts done up tight?
    Crank thread all tight?

    take the chain off and try to get it to creak! if no creak then pretty safe to say it aint, the bb, the cranks or the pedals.
    Try:
    grease all round the mech hanger
    grease the rear axle and then when you put it back tighten it up good and proper.
    make sure all spokes are tight on rear wheel.
    make sure all bolts tight on front mech.

    Rorschach
    Member

    Could be
    Pedals.
    Bottom Bracket.
    Chainrings.
    Cranks.
    Rear hub.
    Cassette.
    Freehub.
    Mech hanger.
    Seatpost.
    Seat.
    Wheel.
    Knees.
    Bars,stem,headset….pretty much everything.

    Process of elimination. Remove, clean re-grease (as applicable), and re-tighten all likely culprits in sequence. Don’t discount anything. I recently had a creaky headset that I was convinced was a BB issue.

    +1 for what Suggsey said about pedal/shoe combo – took me a while to figure out that was the source of a creak some time ago.

    And don’t forget the weather. My creaky headset only creaked on warm days

    Premier Icon tmb467
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    In order of checking

    Bottom bracket – if it’s regular on the same point of the pedal stroke
    Pedal bearings – if you can feel it in your foot
    Square taper bb – if you have one and you feel the crank move
    Saddle rails – if you’ve been riding in mud
    Pivot bolts / bearings if they’ve not been changed in a while
    Rear spokes – if you’ve been dropping off stuff
    A stuff link in the chain if you’ve not lubed it
    Rear qr skewer if you have one and it’s not been greased
    Rear hub bearings – if it’s a Hope
    Freehub – if it’s a hope and it’s not the bearings
    Stem / bar interface if it’s not any of the above
    Your chain-stay if it’s a Lapierre
    Knees or ankles if you’ve got any discomfort
    An old door – if it’s windy outside
    For all other creaks you need the chat forum

    nick1962
    Member

    Flats or SPDs?
    If SPDs check shoe cleats are tight.
    If flats which pedals? My Spank ones squeak at the bushes.

    Premier Icon tmb467
    Subscriber

    Might be crisps if you’re behind Gary Lineker

    brakes
    Member

    £10 it’s the BB.

    vmazie
    Member

    Knees, ankles, pedals all ok.
    Top tips, thanks.
    Shall start eliminating.
    (Seems to get worse when not plugged into ipod).

    chip
    Member

    I had a creak that i could have swore blind was the BB,
    until I realised it disappeared when I was out of the saddle. Turned out to be the seat post clamp, a tiny smear of grease around the inside of the collar, problem solved.

    bikeneil
    Member

    (Seems to get worse when not plugged into ipod).

    Well that’s an easy to solve noise. Plug it in!!!

    vmazie
    Member

    Difficult to tell from bb or not.
    Gears not slipping or out of line.
    Worse the more tension put through pedals.
    Any ideas?

    have you got a type 2 Sram mech? try there.

    Premier Icon sparkyspice
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    Try tightening up your rear QR a bit…

    toys19
    Member

    Its your knees and hips.

    large418
    Member

    From the description there’s a small amount of movement between two components creating a noise when pedalling. Difficult to tell which two though …… Is it when in or out of the saddle?

    fin25
    Member

    Do what I did, check, grease and tighten everything, swap your pedals to see if it’s them, check the spokes are tight and your seatpost is greased. Only when you are sure you have checked everything three times over is it time to admit defeat.

    Or you could avoid all that faffing and just replace the BB…

    😆 😆 😆

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