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    I hate noise! But can I escape it?

    Hey all,

    To put it all quick and update, Got a X7 crankset on, everything is freshly greased and lubed, all tightened up etc... BUT, I am still experiencing a creaking noise when pushing power into the down stroke. Is this just a normal thing? I have had/used lower end bikes that do it to, and have heard high end bikes do it as well. Is it just a noise that can't be worked out? I am a 190lb guy, is it just the chain stressing while doing a rotation? Again, nothing is rubbing, everything is tight and lubed but all fairly new. 80km tops put onto new parts ( crankset,chain,cassette ).
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    I'm surprised you could hear her complaining over the sound of the vacuum.

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    There are a hundred places a creaking noise can occur and all of them can be fixed, though sometimes you may have to replace a frame to do it. I can not tolerate them and will hunt them down mercilessly.

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    First step,
    Does it happen when seated and standing ?

    I've read many stories of people attempting to track down a creaking noise, only to find that it is their seat or seat-post making the noise, so start there.

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    Yes. More so when I am standing.

    Just looked at seat yesterday, there was a small creak coming from it, but solved that with a little chunk of rubber. Sound was still predominate noise from the crank.
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    I'm surprised you could hear her complaining over the sound of the vacuum.

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    Sound can travel in funny ways through a frame ... Check the bars/stem.
    If that doesn't fix it, then..................

    Take the crank back apart, recheck the seating of the bearings, re-torque everything as you put it back together, make sure everything is in it's proper location and seated properly, and test ride it again.

    Over-tightening something that is not seated properly will only result in long-term problems ... That's my suggestion.

    Best of luck ... Waiting to see what you resolve.

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    Grease the pedal threads and see if the creak goes away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Grease the pedal threads and see if the creak goes away.
    Good One !!!
    Totally slipped my mind.

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    Re: I hate noise! But can I escape it?

    Try removing the crank and add some Teflon tape the the crank shaft threads, then grease and reinstall. Then grease pedal threads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Grease the pedal threads and see if the creak goes away.
    I am going to try this one right away. As for removing my crankset and stuff... I would have to go to the LBS ( I REALLY need to invest in a tool kit ). But if continues that will be next step.

    Thanks for the suggestions guys!
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    I'm surprised you could hear her complaining over the sound of the vacuum.

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    Re: I hate noise! But can I escape it?

    All you need is a crank puller which is around $12 on eBay. It's a very useful tool to have. Just make sure you buy the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chillout View Post
    All you need is a crank puller which is around $12 on eBay. It's a very useful tool to have. Just make sure you buy the right one.
    Yea, I know.. terrible excuse lol. Just the zero downtime I have I want to bike, not fix it. haha. So if I can get them to do it while I work, then have the time to maybe get out for a ride!
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    I'm surprised you could hear her complaining over the sound of the vacuum.

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    One time I had a creak like you describe and it ended up being a loose water bottle cage screw. Loose chain ring bolt will do it. The bottom bracket can do it (you most likely need a bb tool and not a crank puller). However If you are soliciting advice on how to check and fix these things but don't want to fix them your self, best advice: drop it off at the LBS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElwoodT View Post
    One time I had a creak like you describe and it ended up being a loose water bottle cage screw. Loose chain ring bolt will do it. The bottom bracket can do it (you most likely need a bb tool and not a crank puller). However If you are soliciting advice on how to check and fix these things but don't want to fix them your self, best advice: drop it off at the LBS.
    I will check the chain ring bolts, never thought of that! Durr..

    I can fix the small quick things, but pulling off a crank is a bit more time consuming for me ( work a lot, kids, etc. ). So would try to weed out every little thing so I can pinpoint the issue, then bring it to the LBS if it's something out of my range. I understand your suggestion and is a smart choice indeed, thanks man!
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    I had this exact problem on one of my old DiamondBack bikes - turned out to be a small crack in the frame at the top tube / steerer tube joint. Check the frame.
    2013 Giant Revel 4.

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    Ding Ding Ding!, And the winner goes to..... Loose chain ring bolts!

    I have never had to tighten them up before.. Just tighten until tight? ( not over doing it obviously )
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    I'm surprised you could hear her complaining over the sound of the vacuum.

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    a little grease and tight until tight+, this isn't scientific, but I usually estimate how tight by the size of the bolt (its a big bolt).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty $anchez View Post
    Grease the pedal threads and see if the creak goes away.
    Was going to suggest the same, we usually forget about the pedals.

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    sometimes you can be too heavy for a bike.
    i lost weight once and creaky noises went away.
    i have more than you.
    ...because i have me and you.

    zarr

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    ^ Zarr, where have you been? Good too
    hear from you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnt2012 View Post
    Ding Ding Ding!, And the winner goes to..... Loose chain ring bolts!

    I have never had to tighten them up before.. Just tighten until tight? ( not over doing it obviously )
    If you are tightening with the proper sized wrench (no more than 5" long or so) you'd have a pretty damn hard time stripping a chainring bolt. If you do manage to do it, you'll know, as the nut will buckle and pop.

    You'll likely need a chainring nut wrench, as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zarr View Post
    sometimes you can be too heavy for a bike.
    i lost weight once and creaky noises went away.
    That is also a big possibility still. I had my younger cousin ride it ( 125lbs ) an he didn't hear anything, I am 184ish so maybe a little extra KM's won't hurt lol.

    I got the chain ring nuts nice and tight today. Just waiting for the rain to hold up for a bit!
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    If the chain ring bolt thing don't fix your problem, have the bottom bracket checked out. I've had to replace mine to resolve my noise problem.

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