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Creaking while pedalling?

Kubla2010-12-12 03:42:10 +0000 #1
I have a fairly new touring bike (bought in May-with barely 100 miles on it.) and it has started making a creaking/rattling (?) noise when I pedal. It's kind of hard to describe.

I can't reproduce it when I'm offthe bike and turn the cranks-yet it doesn't seem to be coming from the seat. Is it possible that the chain needs to be lubed? I'm a beginner with bike repairs/troubleshooting but willing to learn.

The bike was quiet as can be when I first bought it, so this is annoying. I'll take it to the LBS if necessary (they do free adjustments for a year, but are some distance away). I thought I'd get some suggestions from more experienced riders first.
divingbiker2010-12-12 03:47:58 +0000 #2
Tighten everything--pedals, saddle, seat post, etc. Bikes can be ventriloquists, throwing their sounds around.

I had an annoying creak that went away when I tightened the saddle bolt, but I would have sworn it was a pedal.
kmehrzad2010-12-12 04:09:19 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by divingbiker

Tighten everything--pedals, saddle, seat post, etc. Bikes can be ventriloquists, throwing their sounds around.

I had an annoying creak that went away when I tightened the saddle bolt, but I would have sworn it was a pedal.

Same here ... I thought it was a pedal squeak and turned out to be the saddle.
Aggie_Ama2010-12-12 03:52:00 +0000 #4
My pedal squeak turned out to be time to repack the bearings of the bottom bracket but that shouldn't be this soon.

DH had one that was his seat too.
OakLeaf2010-12-12 04:37:00 +0000 #5
I had a noise that I thought was a pedal and turned out to be my knee...

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