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clicking sound

Postby jamesn184 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:13 pm

I'm getting this clicking sound only when I start to push down hard on my cranks, if I peddle light and stay around 70-80 rpm and not use any real pressure its fine.
But as soon as I start going hard the clicking is non-stop and doesn't matter if im in the small or big ring.

I pulled off the crank last night and re-greased it in hopes that might solve it but it's done nothing !

I run a madone 3.1 with sram force carbon crank, with 105 shifters, ultegra chain/cassette, tiagra f/d & 105 r/d
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Re: clicking sound

Postby gabrielle260 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:51 pm

This happened to me. I cleaned, greased and tightened the chain ring bolts to the recommended torque - problem solved!
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Re: clicking sound

Postby DoogleDave » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:53 pm

Bottom bracket perhaps??? It could be any number of things....

Might be worth taking it into your LBS and get them to check it out.

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Re: clicking sound

Postby Duck! » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:40 pm

Check your headset. Just one of a multitude of things it can be (but quite high in the ranks of probability).
I had a thought, but it got run over as it crossed my mind.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby RonK » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:14 pm

It's probably your knees. :)
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Re: clicking sound

Postby bychosis » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:18 pm

Another vote for bottom bracket. My MTB did this recently. Sound travelled a long way though, couldn't work out where it was coming from until I dropped the chain off and turned the cranks by hand and found it wasn't smooth.

Edit: but it could be plenty of other things.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby il padrone » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:31 pm

I had this problem once. After extensive tightening, adjusting and lubing the solution presented itself...... a dry, creaking headstem mounting.

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Re: clicking sound

Postby jamesn184 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:40 pm

may sound silly but I figure out how to remove the bb? it's a GXP one fyi
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Re: clicking sound

Postby RonK » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:44 pm

Start with the simple stuff - clean and grease the dropouts, make sure the skewers are tight, grease the handlebar clamp, adjust the headset, grease the seatpost, check the saddle rails.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby Dragster1 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:44 pm

I had a very light tick tick while I pedalled , mine was from the pedal threads just needed more grease on the threads.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby jamesn184 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:12 am

I roughly re-greased my bike around 3-4 months ago.. Ill check the bike again today and If I get no where ill take it to the LBS
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Re: clicking sound

Postby lobstermash » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:02 am

I had a similar issue over the last couple of weeks. I cleaned and regreased the drive train, made sure everything was tight, but it wasn't until I took the pedals off to try another set, then refitted the originals, that the ticking went away.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby kb » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:13 pm

lobstermash wrote:I had a similar issue over the last couple of weeks. I cleaned and regreased the drive train, made sure everything was tight, but it wasn't until I took the pedals off to try another set, then refitted the originals, that the ticking went away.

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Re: clicking sound

Postby TheDon » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:45 pm

RonK wrote:Start with the simple stuff - clean and grease the dropouts, make sure the skewers are tight, grease the handlebar clamp, adjust the headset, grease the seatpost, check the saddle rails.


+1 for this. Increased cadence/power will likely see you exerting more pressure on contact points - I've found saddle rails can cause this
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Re: clicking sound

Postby NhiTrac » Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:19 am

viewtopic.php?f=12&t=67074

Read my post. May not be related though.
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Re: clicking sound

Postby jamesn184 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:07 am

i might try that but in saying that I use 2 sets of wheels and the pair I use on long rides are not that old
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Re: clicking sound

Postby lobstermash » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:37 pm

kb wrote:
lobstermash wrote:I had a similar issue over the last couple of weeks. I cleaned and regreased the drive train, made sure everything was tight, but it wasn't until I took the pedals off to try another set, then refitted the originals, that the ticking went away.

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Hmm, got a couple of clicks every now and then on the last couple of rides. I've now taken the pedals off again and am trying a bit of silicone based dry lube on the thread. That outta fix him...
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Re: clicking sound

Postby RideLikeTheWind » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:50 pm

It you have a press pin chain, it could be that too - when I first replaced my chain it clicked on rotation, which changed all the time with gear changes which made it harder (initially) to diagnose as it wasn't consistently rotational. In any case, after some searching I found it to be the potential problem and after realising chain position would determine a change of timing, I replaced the pin and all was well again :)
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Re: clicking sound

Postby grpaxto » Sat Aug 17, 2013 6:02 pm

Must be the season for clicks. I got one that only comes in after 20kms or so, has to be drive train related as it is only there when peddling and it sounds like the chain touching the FD but there is plenty of room but it is not every rotation or point on the chain. Got me buggered and I have inspected everything but I think I will replace the chain. Gees I hate clicks :twisted: :twisted:
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Re: clicking sound

Postby jamesn184 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:45 pm

well an update: I have since replaced the Shifters, F/D & R/D and still the click remains!
next to go will be the stem and seat post.. so a slow process of elimination
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Re: clicking sound

Postby VRE » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:15 pm

I'm starting to get to the age where I have to check for clicks not on the bike :oops: . Although, thanks to the cycling, I'm in pretty good shape for a MAMIL :D .
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