The last few days my bike developed a creak. It only happened as I was mounting it as it settled into its sag. Then it started happening as I walked the bike and the rear wheel was bounced by a bump or the edge of stairs.
It sounded unsettling. Sounded like it was coming from the headset. If I grabbed the handle bars and bounced the front there was no creak. If I pushed down on the saddle it was like creeek-crickety-creak. WTF is going on.
Not matter what angle I tried to hear it from, it would sound like it was coming from either the headset, the shock pivots or the suspension pivots. So, today, Sunday, I spent about four hours tracking it down.
Serviced the headset - still creaking. Serviced all suspension pivots, that is took the whole suspension apart, cleaned all parts, greased all bolts etc, re-assembled. Still creaking. Still sounds like it's coming from either the headset, the shock pivots or the suspension pivots.
In frustration, I grabbed the bike in a way I don't normally do. My right hand fell upon the top tube rear cable stop, brushing the rear deraileur cable section that runs from the top tube to the chain stay. CREAK.
My ego did a face plant.
I gently moved the cable at the cable stop and was able to make it sound like I needed a new headset. I continued and was able to make my bike sound like a song bird with laryngitis. A couple of shots of WD40 and my bike was song free.
I've read many a post of others trying to chase down a phantom creak and chuckled.
I now stand before all of you, humbled to the core.
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