Finding and fixing creaks and noisy bicycles

Rohan Kini Tips & Tricks


Its Tech tuesday at Pinkbike and they have a very good writeup on finding and fixing creaks in your bicycle

Definitely a must read.

How we quieten noisy beasts

Tools required

  • Your noisy bike
  • Allen keys
  • Grease
  • Degreaser
  • A clean cloth
  • Torque wrench
  • Some patience and an open mind


  • Understand if the noise is rhythmic or sporadic. Rhythm indicates that the noise would be coming from either the wheel or the crank/pedal interface. Sporadic would mean its a torquing/load issue.
  • Sit on the bike and pedal normally – if you hear the noise it’s mostly something making contact with another part on the bike.
  • Stand on the bike and pedal hard – if you hear the noise it’s mostly some component thats slightly loose or needs cleaning and re-greasing and re-torquing. The Handlebar/Stem bolt interface is a common culprit.
  • Sit and pedal hard – if you hear the noise now its mostly something to do with the seat post/saddle.

Common culprits – Seat posts, Stems, Loose quick releases, Bottom Brackets.

Other good reads on how to take care of a noisy bicycle

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