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Jan
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comment Clicking handlebar
I didn't really get a chance to try to resole this until earlier this week, however the thing that seems to have resolved this clicking and creaking was: removing the steam, cleaning all of the bolts and threads with a WD40/CRC type spray and a old tooth brush, cleaning all of the mating surfacing with same, thoroughly cleaning the recessed areas that the bolts sit in to remove and road grit and crud, then drying and removing the residue with paper towels and reassembling. At a guess, the crud under the bolt heads was moving around after they were done up, lessening the clamping force.
Dec
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comment Clicking handlebar
The idea of applying a lubricant to the mating surfaces terrifies me a little; I can see how the would reduce the noise, but wouldn't they reduce the efficacy of the clamping force?
Dec
14
comment Clicking handlebar
Thanks for the the very comprehensive response - I hadn't considered the headset, but it is feasible given the bikes 4 year old age, though it feels very smooth to use. The bike is this one: trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2009/archive/73fx and the headset is a semi-sealed type.
Dec
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Dec
14
comment Clicking handlebar
Will give it a go - thanks!
Dec
14
comment Clicking handlebar
Interesting - I'm not sure this is what's happening in my case as the bike is about 4 years old now, and has only recently started making the noise. But good to know, thanks!
Dec
13
comment Clicking handlebar
Sorry, I should have added that I tighten them with a torque wrench. I can't recall the figure off the top of my head, but I think it was about 12nm. Fairly easy to get that level of tightening by hand with an allen key.
Dec
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Oct
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Aug
28
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
- There is a tiny amount play between the brake arm and the sleeve that it rotates around, but they are new and this seems common on vbrakes. - I removed and re-greased the headset as part of the update - just forgot to add the note :\ Before putting the wheel in I checked for play on the forks and found none. - The sanding I've only done a few times and never with any pressure, just enough to clean the rim. It is 600 grit paper, not something badass like 80grit :) - wrapping the brake arms - interesting idea, can't hurt to try! Tx!
Aug
28
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
To answer the comments: replaced the brake bosses - they're tight and came red red thread-locker. There is no discernible play between the brake boss and the forks.
Aug
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Aug
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revised Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
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Aug
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comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
Well, at present it's anything other a gentle pressure and at any speed < 30kmph - getting louder as I decelerate. So hard to avoid really.
Aug
12
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
Good to know - thanks.
Aug
9
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
The rim does indeed have a groove machined into it - though my vernier calipers have a narrow enough section to measure it - it seems to have some depth to it. No obvious signs of wear, but I'll put something flat and straight on it and see. Thanks!
Aug
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Aug
9
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
Thanks for tidying up the post/title @NeilFein
Aug
9
comment Have replaced v-brakes and they still squeak. What to do?
Is it worn, very probably, though I have no idea what level of wear to expect from my riding habits! Trying a rim is probably the best idea - I'll see what I can find 2nd hand to test with and move to a new one if that shows promise.