Questions referring to the cause and cessation of creaks, squeaks and other abnormal bike noises

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Best way to get rid of a “squeaky” bike?

I'm a college student and my bike is part of my daily commute to class. However, last semester my bike began squeaking and the squeak got louder and louder as time went on. I tried spraying some WD-40 ...
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Why are higher-end freewheels so much louder when coasting?

I tend to ride relatively modest gear (Tiagra/Ultegra), but when I'm riding near higher-end bikes, I sometimes notice that the clicking sound that comes from their cassette/free-wheel while coasting ...
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Burley trailer hitch noise

We tow a Burley Nomad trailer behind our tandem. Love the trailer, but the hitch rattles and makes enough noise to be annoying. Grease or chain lube quiets it temporarily, but not for long. Does ...
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click noise from chainrings

I'm experiencing clicking noises when I put pressure on the pedals (either side). The bike is a CAAD12 105 (it has FSA chainrings). I've done some investigation to pinpoint the source of the clicking....
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Gipiemme Parade Wheels Strange Noise

I have a set of Gipiemme Parade Wheels that look like this: The other day I was getting my bike out of the garage, and I lightly bumped my rear wheel with my foot. The wheel made a strange ...
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Do silent freewheels exist?

I have only just noticed that my bike dosen't seem to make a lot of noise when free wheeling, in fact it's pretty much silent. Is this down to the fact that I have been putting off a major clean?, is ...
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Fixing noisy V brakes

My V brakes make a lot of noise when I brake!! I am annoyed by such noise not to mention the pedestrians. My Mechanic said that it will not make those noise after using for couple of days, but it is ...
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Drivetrain squeaky birdsong

Road bike with Shimano Tiagra 2x9 compact drivetrain makes a continuous random pattern of quiet squeaky noises (like birdsong) when the bike is leaning against a wall and the pedals are rotated ...
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Is it normal that the Abus Bordo folding lock rattles?

I have the latest Abus Bordo Granite X-Plus 6500 folding lock: It is cased inside a rubberized pouch that attaches to one of the bottle-cage locations: Very convenient, but sadly, it rattles ...
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What is causing this chain clicking noise?

The click only happens when the chain is moving in certain locations. If the gear is low it happens every rotation and if the gear is high it happens 2 or 3 times per rotation of the pedal. I am ...
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What can be done to make a trainer work quieter?

I use a trainer at home. It works quiet. But living in an apartment I would like to make it work quieter. What can I do to minimize noise of a trainer?
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Shimano Nexus 3 clicking free-wheel-mechanism-like noise

I have assembled a bike with new Shimano Nexus 3 (SG-3C41) internally geared hub. In the lowest gear the hub is silent. However in the middle and highest gear it makes a clicking noise similar to free-...
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Rear wheel noise

If i lift up my bicycle and spin the rear wheel, it sounds like its rubbing something, even though it does not have any direct contact with frame or brake pads. I checked it and its not rubbing ...
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How you can reduce wind noise in the ears while cycling?

Whan I cycle I usually listen to music with a headset but the wind noise is so annoying that I do not hear music I would not too turn up the volume of the music because I prefer to easily listen to ...
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Intermittent disc brake rubbing

My partner has a Kona Sutra with Avid BB-7 disc brakes. The front brake rubs intermittently on the rotor. I just went to see if I could figure out what the problem was and right now the disc runs true ...
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How do I prevent disk brakes from squeaking in the rain?

When I got my new bike with disk brakes, I thought that they would perform much better in the rain. While this is true, they still squeak quite loud in wet conditions, which is quite annoying. Is ...
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Pedals won't turn normally following strange noises

My bike suddenly started creaking and squeaking very loud, and moreso the more pressure I put on the pedals. Then the pedals got stickier and harder to turn until I couldn't turn them at all. This was ...
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Chain really noisy near front derailleur on low gears but doesn't appear to be rubbing.

In the four lowest gears (i.e the 28 cog end) when in both the big and small ring, loud noises can be heard coming from what appears to be near the front derailleur. I've uploaded a video of the noise ...
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Silencing a rattling u-lock

I'm not sure if they're all like this, but my u-lock is a bit loose between the two pieces, the U and the bar. The provided mount snaps very very tightly onto the U, leaving the bar to fend for itself,...
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Why does my bike make a noise when I pedal hard?

When I pedal forcing a little with my right leg, the bike makes a noise that I don't know how to describe. I'll try to do it. It's like: a short "ting" a tiny bell if a small rock hits the down tube ...
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Springy Rattling noise on new bike

I have recently bought a boardman pro 29er from Halfords (cycle to work). I like it and I'm enjoying riding it for the most part however there is a noise. Whenever I'm in a high gear (largest front ...
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Something sounds loose but cant see what

I have a relatively new Boardman Pro 29er. It has around 500 miles on it. I'm having a sound issue at the minute where at certain speeds a very loud resonating vibration type sound starts. I'm ...
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Crank is slipping freely occassionally when pedaling; occasional “clonk” sound

Crank is slipping freely occassionally when pedaling; occasional "clonk" sound-not sure where sound is coming from-crank is tight, no movement or looseness
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Bicycle is harder to pedal when standing

From a few days now, when trying to pedal standing, my pedals become very rigid and it sounds like if the brakes are dragging. If I sit down again, the noise goes away and it's easy to pedal again. In ...
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How to fix a clanking rear wheel/flywheel

On my single speed--a POS Bikes Direct bike--the rear wheel makes a clunking noise every time I pedal. I think it is coming from the freewheel and it's basically a CLINK! CLONK! noise that is driving ...
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How do I get rid of this clicking sound in the back wheel?

Difficult to diagnose, I know. Basically, I bought a single speed Schwinn a few months ago, and after riding it for a couple of weeks it started clicking in the back wheel somewhere. I've taken it ...
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Creaking when in the saddle

I know there are about a million questions on here about creaking while pedaling, but I haven't seen one that relates...apologies if I missed one. I bought a 2011 BMC Streetracer SR02 last year; ...
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Prevent xtracycle hooptie rattling noise

My Xtracycle hooptie rattles around when I go over bumpy roads when I don't have a passenger. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to keep it from rattling? I did move it to the most narrow ...
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Why do my disc brakes squeal when wet?

Picture the scene... It's just been raining and you are getting ready to commute home after work, you cycle out on to the tarmac, the scent of fresh rain on hot tarmac fills your nostrils, you notice ...
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Help for wind noise [closed]

Does anyone in the forum have experience with anything that can block the noise of wind that doesn't look like I have fur growing out of my ears?
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wind noise obscuring traffic noise

My eyesight isn't so good so I'm more reliant on my ears to let me know that there's traffic close by. Normally I'm fine, but at higher speeds, the noise of wind blowing past my ears can obscure the ...
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Rattling of a Shimano Nexave roller brake

In a suspended fork I use a Shimano Nexave BR-IM75-F roller brake and the cooling disc of the brake is not tighly fixed on the hub and it was like that since I got the roller-brake installed. I'm not ...
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Huffy Cranbrook 26“ Ladies' Cruiser crank / pedal / chain ”pop" sound…?

Before you say it's a cheap bike, what more do you want... I get that! :D But it's brand new, and as you pedal it... no matter the speed, you get a pop sound at a specific point on each rotation... ...
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My bike Crank is making noise like Tuk, Tuk… once or twice when I pedal hard

I get a sound from my crank as if something were about to break to pieces when I stand and pedal hard.
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Odd metallic chafing sound

I bought a second hand road bike recently, I'm quite new to the field. I had a wet'ish ride and ever since getting a little bit of mud on my bike there's a metallic chaffing sound whenever I apply ...
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Squeaking / Chirping while pedaling [duplicate]

I have a 2009 Specialized Allez Sport C2. When pedaling (actually only under load, not when just turning the crank while it's on a stand) the bottom bracket squeaks or chirps. I first thought it was ...
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How do I stop my clipless shoes and pedals from squeaking?

I'm riding with Shimano SD66 sandals. They are awesome sandals and it's so comfortable riding without worrying about socks and shoes. I'm using Shimano pedals. I'm getting a squeaking sound, mainly ...
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Chain Noise I identified the problem, don't know how to solve it (chain/cassette?)

I bought a bike, second hand, yesterday. The bike looks quite new and it is ok, but I notice that with some gear I got a clicking noise. After inspecting the bike, I notice that the chain does not ...
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Is this normal for my new Cannondale Synapse Alloy 6?

I purchased a new Cannondale Synapse Alloy 6 in early March. I have roughly 250 miles on it. After the first 100 miles I took it back to my LBS to have it adjusted and tightened up. Before I did this, ...
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Polite/Proper Way To Notify Pedestrians and Bicycles [closed]

A question on a bell had a lot of comments on how to notify pedestrians. How do you notify a pedestrian you need to pass? How do you notify a bicycle you need to pass? I imagine this will be ...
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How to prevent the quick-release pin on the Tektro drop brake lever from rattling?

Tektro RL-340 brake levers have a quick release mechanism that, when pushed in, will lengthen the cable to allow to easily disengage the brake from the wheel/disc without needing to deflate the tire. ...
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“Creaking” noise from headtube/handlebar

I have a steel frame (Columbus steel, made by Dancelli), and when I put weight on the ends of the handle bar, I hear a creaking noise from the headtube. It might not be the handlebar because I tried ...
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How can I stop my mudguards from rattling?

Is there a simple way to stop the mudguards on my bike rattling? They're securely connected, but when I go over bumps in the road they tend to wobble about and rattle against my front wheel.
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How to lubricate noisy joint on Dahon foldable bike?

My Dahon foldable bike makes a huge noise whenever I fold the frame and unfold it. I tried spraying a lubricant into the joint. I do not know if the problem is continuing because the lubricant went ...
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Quiet Components/Configurations

Phrased towards someone looking to purchase a new commuter bike, I prioritize a quiet smooth ride when possible. One of my past issues is that bikes are often great on the test ride but pretty ...
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Metallic vibration sound while cornering - hybrid/CX tires

I ride a Surly Cross Check with stock everything. When I take a corner quickly on asphalt, I hear what sounds like metal vibrating, seemingly coming from the area of my front wheel. I'm used to ...
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Why is 2nd largest rear cog making clicking noise?

I have constant clicking noise from the 2nd largest rear cog on my cycle. It starts as soon as I shift into the 2nd gear either from 1st or 3rd gear. I have checked the following things - 1. Cable ...
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Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!

I noticed starting yesterday my front tire has been making a strange sound. It sounds like there is a small piece of tar stuck to the front tire and it makes a faint noise of sticking and unsticking ...
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Clicking noise from crankset

A month ago I bought a Scott Aspect 60, and for about a week everything was ok. Then, I started hearing a noise coming from the crankset. First thought was that it was the front derailleur - after ...
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How do I get my brakes to stop squealing [duplicate]

I've tried sanding them down just a bit, cleaning the brake surface on the wheels, and this does stop them from squealing for a day or two, but it always comes back. I'm using Kool-stop pads if it ...