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    Need help on basic maintenance and checkups

    So, I know YouTube and everything is going to be the place to go, but I wanted more of a concrete answer. I've been riding the hell out of my bike on some technical trails (I can probably upload a go pro video someday), and after my day of riding, either my wheel or crank has been making a slight scratching sound.

    What I would like to know is a way to get through a basic maintenance of my bike meaning going through the bike to see where I can diagnose where the problem is. I'm tired of dishing out $50 for a tune up at the LBS. I've learned how to basically tune my front and rear ders but I feel like I need to know how to spot what I need to maintain

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    Take off chain and independently spin both to isolate scratching sound.

    Check ur wheels for True and measure your chain wear while ur at it. Both some basic maintenance u could do.

    sent from one of my 4 gold leafed iphone4s's

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    I heard a similar sound out of my bike when it was new. But I never could figure out what it was and eventually it just went away. It only made the sound when I was riding it, not when I had it on the repair stand, so....yeah. Oh well.

    Other than that, I'd just make sure everything is well lubed and no parts are rubbing. If you're ok there, I can't imagine the bike getting damaged due to the sound.
    Nathan

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    Bob 13 has good advice to isolate the problem. Sound while wheel turns is probable brake rubbing rotor. Try to re-center brake pads. Sound while pedals turn is possible pedal bearings or likely bottom bracket. You could remove bottom bracket, regrease threads, and re-install. Hope that helps,

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