Hi all while I'm pedalling I get clicking noise I feel it in the left side of pedal I change the pedals I thought that may of been the problem but it's still there but funniest thing is if I stand up on the bike while pedalling the noise isn't there any ideas?

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    Does your bike have a press fit BB? They are notorious for issues like this.
    – Andy P
    Jul 18, 2019 at 13:19
  • Also typical for SRAM GXP bottom brackets. Please tell us more about your bike and your bottom bracket.
    – gschenk
    Jul 31, 2019 at 8:27
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    Did you check your knees? Aug 2, 2019 at 13:57
  • Clicks like these are super hard to diagnose. I wrote an answer to a question about creaks (which are usually caused by the same things) that you may find helpful. Also, check out the "Related" column to the right side of the page.
    – jimchristie
    Aug 5, 2019 at 14:40

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If the clicking stops when you stand up, the first suspects are the parts you sit on: saddle and seat post.

  • But as I pedal sat down I feel the clicking in the left pedal but I will check the seat Jul 18, 2019 at 11:43
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    If it can be felt in the pedal, then its most likely Pedal/Crank/BB. But it's definitely worth trying to rule out the saddle rails.
    – Andy P
    Jul 18, 2019 at 13:16
  • If the clicking stops when you stand up, the bottom bracket is not eliminated. The bottom bracket is loaded differently when you put your weight on both pedals, compared to sitting on the saddle and just pushing on one pedal. The frame flex around the crank is different also.
    – Kaz
    Aug 2, 2019 at 20:07
  • If you read carefully, I didn't write that bottom bracket is eliminated. Just that the saddle and seat post are first suspects.
    – ojs
    Aug 2, 2019 at 20:10

Your crank arm or arms could be loose or the bottom bracket retaining ring might be loosening as well. You will need to do a diagnostic on the whole crank assembly to be on the safe side.


Check your spokes. I recently had a click and it turned out to be a broken spoke. Didn't sound like it at all.

Just something to check. I don't have a good explanation why the sound might change when you stand up on the pedals other than that standing up shifts weight on the bicycle. It might unload the rear wheel a bit causing that spoke to move around just a little bit differently. I have broken quite a few spokes and while sometimes the sound is a recognizable 'ting ting' this is not always the case. Sound may not even be in step with the rotation of the wheel.

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    Welcome to Stack Exchange - you raise a good point that wasn't already mentioned in the other answers. If it is a spoke, then how might you explain why the noise goes away when OP stands to pedal ? Use edit to expand your answer.
    – Criggie
    Aug 1, 2019 at 3:42

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