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    creaking/cracking sound when I peddle hard

    Randomly today after some slower AM riding, I hit a paved trail. Went about a mile and then got to a more hilly region. So I was forced to peddle much harder and even at one time stand up. My bike in general was very muddy, as the trails are a horror here in NY. When I stand up and peddle I notice a creaking sound. It only occurs upon revolution of the peddles and only when I stand. The sound is not there when im seated in the saddle. It also only occurs when I am pushing really hard.


    Its quite a way to the LBS, so what can this be? I cleaned everything and lubricated it tonight and will try to ride again tomorrow.

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    What kind of peddles do you have? Cheaper platform peddles don't last very long under heavy use with a good sized rider...

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    I would hazard a guess that it was just muck and dirt in your drive train. pushing hard on it will make things tighter, for want of a better word.

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    Pull out your BB clean it andthe threads inside the BB Shell (frame) and re-lube, re-install and you should be good to go for a few months. Or take to an LBS and they'll do it for yah!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Pull out your BB clean it andthe threads inside the BB Shell (frame) and re-lube, re-install and you should be good to go for a few months. Or take to an LBS and they'll do it for yah!
    That's what it sounds like to me too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmiller
    What kind of peddles do you have? Cheaper platform peddles don't last very long under heavy use with a good sized rider...
    Welgo cromoly platforms. Pretty sure they are the first on this list http://www.wellgo.com.tw/product.asp?category=bmx

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    anyway... you probably got some grime in a pivot or the BB. Gently clean your bike off and tighten all the pivots. If you don't have pivots, then check your crank bolts. If they're tight you'll be best off pulling the BB, cleaning, relubing, and reinstalling. No lube on square taper spindles, lube on ISIS and other round shaped BBs.
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    How often does one need to clean the BB? My last bike lasted 10 years without even a tuneup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    How often does one need to clean the BB? My last bike lasted 10 years without even a tuneup.
    I think it all depends on how well you take care of your bike. Let the BB get muddy/wet and it will need some TLC in much less than 10 years!
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    tighten your crank arms

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhmacw
    tighten your crank arms
    I tightened everything down there, wasn't really loose, but some movement. Will see tomorrow.

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    How much do you weigh? I weigh 235lbs and I blow platform pedals out pretty easy. Even to the point where they spin right off the shaft.

    I've had my F5 for 3 weeks and the pedals are already starting to creak. Going to replace them this weekend hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    How often does one need to clean the BB? My last bike lasted 10 years without even a tuneup.
    I need to do mine at least every 6 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmiller
    How much do you weigh? I weigh 235lbs and I blow platform pedals out pretty easy. Even to the point where they spin right off the shaft.

    I've had my F5 for 3 weeks and the pedals are already starting to creak. Going to replace them this weekend hopefully.
    330lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    330lbs.

    I wouldn't doubt that you're blowing your pedals out then. I jump my MTB a lot which doesn't help my pedals... But I can tell when they're gone and it sounds like what you described.

    I've never actually had a bike where the BB made any noise at all.

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    Check your pedals are tight...

    I pi$$ed around with my crank arm for ages thinking that was the course of my problems. Would creak on hard up hills, sometimes disappearing for a while. Seemed to improve after tightening crank bolt (I took to carrying a long arm allan key with me on rides).

    Turned out to be my left pedal had loosened a fraction. I swear that I had checked it earlier in my investigations.

    If you do pull you BB apart, use plumbing tape when you replace it. Folks round here swear by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmiller
    I wouldn't doubt that you're blowing your pedals out then. I jump my MTB a lot which doesn't help my pedals... But I can tell when they're gone and it sounds like what you described.

    I've never actually had a bike where the BB made any noise at all.
    what part of the pedal would make the noise? I once broke the spindle on a pedal and fell, it was such a horrible fall.

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    A bearing or bushing might creak. Or a place where something is pressed into the pedal body and is being forced to move or deform by the force you're putting on it.
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    actually I just bough a bike sunday and my pedals are creaking could someone tell me why
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    If you just bought the bike, take it to the LBS if you can. Other than that its likely the same problem im having.

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    Beaver, Mikey, pedals are an uncommon source of creaking noise. It does happen, but it's much more rare than all these posts are making it out to sound.

    Much more common is a BB or suspension pivot. Seatposts making creaking noises are far more common than pedals making noise in my experience. I think it's worth going over the bike and making sure everything is tight any time something makes noise. I've long ago adopted a noise=bad stance on bikes, and a routine check of all the nuts and bolts has never done me wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum
    Beaver, Mikey, pedals are an uncommon source of creaking noise. It does happen, but it's much more rare than all these posts are making it out to sound.

    Much more common is a BB or suspension pivot. Seatposts making creaking noises are far more common than pedals making noise in my experience. I think it's worth going over the bike and making sure everything is tight any time something makes noise. I've long ago adopted a noise=bad stance on bikes, and a routine check of all the nuts and bolts has never done me wrong.
    Depends on the size of the rider doesn't it? I've had creaky pedals on almost every bike I've ever owned... Mind you they were all cheap platforms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmiller
    Depends on the size of the rider doesn't it? I've had creaky pedals on almost every bike I've ever owned... Mind you they were all cheap platforms.
    I'd say size of rider is unimportant to amount of creaks or where they come from. Cheap is another story however. Suffice to say that I don't think replacing pedals is a good place to start when you can just tighten up some bolts for free and see if it helped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    what part of the pedal would make the noise? I once broke the spindle on a pedal and fell, it was such a horrible fall.

    My pedal had loosened where it bolts to the crank. I couldn't feel any play by hand or when riding but was able to tighten approx 1/4 of a turn when I checked it. No more creaking.

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    i had this cracking sounds with my GT Ruckus weeks before. My friend checked everything, pedals, BB, headset... but eventually the cracking sound still persisted while i was pedalling, not when i was sitting on the bike. the problem is the same like BeaverTail has.

    eventually, my other friend tried to tighten the bolts on the drop outs. After that no more cracking sounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    Pull out your BB clean it andthe threads inside the BB Shell (frame) and re-lube, re-install and you should be good to go for a few months. Or take to an LBS and they'll do it for yah!
    sounds right to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    sounds right to me.

    So would you say my bike has the same problem even though it's only 3 weeks old and only seen the trail twice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by son2
    i had this cracking sounds with my GT Ruckus weeks before. My friend checked everything, pedals, BB, headset... but eventually the cracking sound still persisted while i was pedalling, not when i was sitting on the bike. the problem is the same like BeaverTail has.

    eventually, my other friend tried to tighten the bolts on the drop outs. After that no more cracking sounds

    I have quick release, but il tighten. **** I hope it doesn't screw with my brakes. It took me forever to get my BB7's in proper working order.

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    I have the same problem on my Giant sometimes. I always know where to go to make the noise go away. If my bike starts cracking/creaking under heavy pedaling it always turns out to be my derailleur hanger coming loose. I dont know exactly what the source of the noise is, but when I hear it I will stop...check the hanger...and every single time the thing has backed out almost a quarter inch. I tighten it down and the sound is gone. Even locktite doesn't kep it in...it will just loosen up over time and since its not part of my normal maintenance regimen I will usually miss it until the sound shows up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    I have quick release, but il tighten. **** I hope it doesn't screw with my brakes. It took me forever to get my BB7's in proper working order.
    i mean, the drop outs to hang brake caliper and rear derailleur

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhmacw
    tighten your crank arms
    I'll add to this, I had a creaking noise on my cyclocross bike. The left crank arm attached to the spindle via two pinch bolts (plus an end cap for pre-load). I removed the crank arm, greased the splines of the spindle, and re-installed the crank arm. The trick here is to tighten the pinch bolts evenly, do a 1/4 turn on one bolt, then 1/4 turn on the other one, etc. alternating until they are up to spec. I did this last spring and the noise hasn't come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by son2
    i mean, the drop outs to hang brake caliper and rear derailleur

    so tighten them?

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    I went riding today after tightening nearly everything. I even took the seatpost out and the noise was still there. So I guess its to the LBS

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    I had a mysterious creak one time, that took some tome to find the source of. It turned out to be the chain-ring bolts. I took them out, greased them lightly and reassembled. Creak gone
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    Had the same problem on my bike when standing up and pedalling,found out the right crank arm was not tight enough,it is annoying when creaks start on your bike and you are not sure of their origin,takes your mind off of enjoying the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
    so tighten them?
    yes

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    Just wanted to let everyone know... I replaced my stock platforms with Time's and all my creaking/cracking went away.

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    I had a similar creak coming from my left pedal under load. Turns out it was loose on the crank arm. I greased the threads and re-tightened and the creak went away.

    A few weeks later, the same cheap flat pedal started resisting and turning in a decidedly clunky fashion. Took it apart and the bearings were shot to all hell.

    Now I'm riding m540's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cmiller
    Just wanted to let everyone know... I replaced my stock platforms with Time's and all my creaking/cracking went away.

    could've been bearings then. i've had pedals with bearings that got stiff and creaky, and would not spin as well, slowly and slightly loosening from the crank arm. tightening the pedals was a short term fix, cleaning the bearings was a longer term fix, and just switching out pedals made it all go away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikegeek666
    could've been bearings then. i've had pedals with bearings that got stiff and creaky, and would not spin as well, slowly and slightly loosening from the crank arm. tightening the pedals was a short term fix, cleaning the bearings was a longer term fix, and just switching out pedals made it all go away.

    As I said before, I blow cheap pedals out easily. They were only 3 weeks old and had only seen the trail twice... So it couldn't have just been bearings.

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    Start by tightening the bolts. The ones connecting the chainrings to the spider, and connecting the arm to the BB. Fixed it for me.

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    So I got the Bike back from the LBS and they couldn't get rid of the creak. They changed the pedals and check the BB, re-greased it and everything, but the creak wont go away. Two mechanics said the BB and Pedals are fine and not the cause. The chain is also fine and the drive train was just tuned. They also said a frame creak makes a different sound. They really weren't willing to look any further. So what else can it be?

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    What bike are we talking about? How about a picture too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum
    What bike are we talking about? How about a picture too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeaverTail
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    What do you want a picture of?
    You're telling me that your shop can't spend the time figuring out where the noise on a brand new bike is coming from? F me, that's either lazy or stupid. Well, we need to start running down the possibilities.

    Have you tightened the seat binder bolt?
    If you hold the brakes and stand on the pedal that makes it go forward, does it make the sound you're hearing?
    Have you checked the other bolts? Headset, stem, bars, rotor bolts, caliper bolts...
    Are the wheels on tight?
    Are the hubs tight? Do you know how to check them?
    Do you think it's haunted by the spirit of vampire Wichicaw Indians who ate the flesh of children with no eyes?
    Yep, lot of history on that ski run.

    Anyway, you really need to give us the most accurate description you can of when this noise occurs. When you're sitting down, standing up, powering up a hill...
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum
    You're telling me that your shop can't spend the time figuring out where the noise on a brand new bike is coming from? F me, that's either lazy or stupid. Well, we need to start running down the possibilities.

    Have you tightened the seat binder bolt?
    If you hold the brakes and stand on the pedal that makes it go forward, does it make the sound you're hearing?
    Have you checked the other bolts? Headset, stem, bars, rotor bolts, caliper bolts...
    Are the wheels on tight?
    Are the hubs tight? Do you know how to check them?
    Do you think it's haunted by the spirit of vampire Wichicaw Indians who ate the flesh of children with no eyes?
    Yep, lot of history on that ski run.

    Anyway, you really need to give us the most accurate description you can of when this noise occurs. When you're sitting down, standing up, powering up a hill...

    Well I bought it last summer, for the first 8 months it was fine (no creak, though lots of other problems) and then suddenly the creak. I have tried it with no seat+steapost and the problem persists. Il have to try the other recommendations you made.

    The problem occurs when I apply a lot of force to the pedal in a strenuous position, like going up a hill or using a really high gear. My area is about 95% hills, so its common. The problem can sometimes occur when Im sitting, but its rare. I know that the callipers are on tight as is the chainring and that whole area. The LBS really doesnt care if they solve the problem, they have no incentive to fix my problem so they don't. The problem only showed when I used the bike as I am a bigger guy, but I showed them. The mechanics seemed to know what they were doing, but likely overworked.

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    I had a creak, turned out to be a pedal bolt. Tightened it up a quarter turn and the creak is gone.

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    It could be literally any bolt, moving part, or contacting surface on the bike. Can you tell if the sound is front or back of the bike? May be the headset, may be chainring bolts (if that's not a riveted crank) buy a wrench set if you don't have one and start snugging bolts.

    If you can get it to Boston, I'll take a look at it. Your shop is probably overworked, but it's hardly an excuse for brushing you off so easily. I've had several occasions where I couldn't fix a noise and I returned it to the customer saying something like "I think I fixed it" or "I made it a little better" or "Can you ride it a bit more and tell me what kind of riding makes it creak", but I always make sure they bring it back in a week so we can get back into it. Sometimes it would take 2 or 3 times to really be able to chase down every possible noise maker.

    Either try your shop again, but if they really don't have anything to gain in fixing your noise, then go take it somewhere else. If you say that you had a problem with X bike shop, they'll usually be more helpful in an attempt to win you over to their shop. I know we where when someone brought a bike that a competing shop couldn't fix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpstrand
    I had a creak, turned out to be a pedal bolt. Tightened it up a quarter turn and the creak is gone.
    Yeah I replaced the pedals, and they weren't the cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum
    It could be literally any bolt, moving part, or contacting surface on the bike. Can you tell if the sound is front or back of the bike? May be the headset, may be chainring bolts (if that's not a riveted crank) buy a wrench set if you don't have one and start snugging bolts.

    If you can get it to Boston, I'll take a look at it. Your shop is probably overworked, but it's hardly an excuse for brushing you off so easily. I've had several occasions where I couldn't fix a noise and I returned it to the customer saying something like "I think I fixed it" or "I made it a little better" or "Can you ride it a bit more and tell me what kind of riding makes it creak", but I always make sure they bring it back in a week so we can get back into it. Sometimes it would take 2 or 3 times to really be able to chase down every possible noise maker.

    Either try your shop again, but if they really don't have anything to gain in fixing your noise, then go take it somewhere else. If you say that you had a problem with X bike shop, they'll usually be more helpful in an attempt to win you over to their shop. I know we where when someone brought a bike that a competing shop couldn't fix.
    The sound, sounds as if its coming from the BB or some place in that area. It certainly doesn't sound like its from the wheels. Il try tightening everything.

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