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Help! My Bike Is Making A Noise | How To Fix A Noisy Bike

– Now if your bike is making a noise other than perhaps the
swooshing of rubber tires along the road or the
occasional change of gear, then it is possible that you need to actually try and solve that noise. Now, it is not necessarily
the easiest thing to actually diagnose because different people call different noises different things. Confused? Don’t be. Let’s try and identify those noises and let’s try and solve that problem. (upbeat music) Now the sound of your
chain scraping or grinding could well be due to the fact that your gears are not indexed correctly. So what I mean by that is that the chain is not sitting correctly on the sprocket that
you’re asking it to sit on. So, what are we gonna do
to try and solve that? Well firstly, let’s put the chain into the smallest sprocket
on the rear of the bike ’cause that is the one with the lowest number of teeth and then simply stand behind the bike and look
at the rear derailleur. And in particular that upper pulley wheel, or the upper jockey wheel. You could also call it
the guide wheel too. Now, have a little look
at that and make sure that it’s sat dead on, spot
on beneath that sprocket that you’re asking it to be in. Now if it’s to the side
at all you are going to need to give it a little bit of attention. So what I would suggest
doing here is actually to un-clamp the cable
clamping bolt and then wind all the way your barrel adjuster, pull through the cable and
then apply decent amount of tension on the grip and
then re-clamp the cable. Now you want to change
gear into an easier gear. So give it one click,
pedal the cranks around, and then wait for it to
see if it moves on to the next gear, the one
that you’re asking it to. Now, if it’s not moving
onto that sprocket, what you are going to need
to do is slowly wind out that barrel adjuster, which
you just tightened in. Therefore, that’s gonna
apply more tension onto the cable and move that derailleur
onto that next sprocket. Now, you are going to
need to apply a very fine amount of adjustment there to actually make sure the chain is not still rubbing. But you can slowly watch it moving across and not rub on either
sprocket each side of it. Now of course there could be another cause of that grinding sound, and that could well be the front derailleur cage. Now one of the most common
ways of this happening is when someone’s riding
along and they’re riding the big chain ring at the
front and at the rear, on the cassette, they’re riding
in the big sprocket there. So essentially, they’re
asking the chain to work at quite a severe angle,
and that chain is actually rubbing on the inside of
the front derailleur cage. And the opposite is when a rider is riding on the smallest chain
and the smallest sprocket in the rear and again it’s working a very extreme angle and it is
simply rubbing on there. Now, some ways around this is to give your gear lever a small movement
inwards, asking it almost to move onto the biggest
chain ring, for instance. And then you do have like
an extra little bit of index system to get rid
of that grinding sound. But sometimes you simply have to un-clamp your cable bolt, pull through that cable just a little bit
tighter, and re-tighten it just to try and take up any slack. (upbeat music) Now, a clicking sound when
riding along on your bike is probably one of the
most irritating sounds you could have, other then
the tssss of a puncture. The reason it’s so
irritating is because it’s going to make you want to
pedal less whilst riding along. And, well, that’s not
part of cycling, is it? But what could it be? Well, firstly, let’s look
at the bottom bracket. Now, press fit bottom
brackets they tend to get a bit of a bad reputation
because they’re interference fit into a frame as opposed to using threads. So have a look at your bottom bracket. If there’s no notches inside
of the bottom bracket itself, for using a tool to
install it, then you’ve got a press fit bottom bracket. Now, the bottom bracket
itself is kind of the junction box where all of
the power is transferred from your legs through to
the actual drive train. So, like I’ve already mentioned, it’s an interference fit unit on those
press fit bottom brackets, so if a frame is not
built or made perfectly cylindrical on the inside
of the bottom bracket shell, sometimes those press
fit bottom brackets can actually slightly move
around inside of the shell, therefore giving you an irritating creaking or clicking sound. But in actual fact, it can be a process of elimination to find
out where that clicking or ticking or creaking
is actually coming from. And it’s likely the bottom
bracket is the last place I would look to actually
try and solve the problem because it’s the most
labor intensive parts of the bike to work on in most cases. So, first up I would have
a look at your pedals. Make sure they are done up
correctly into the cranks. And also they’ve got some
grease on the threads there too. Sticking with pedals, actually ride along, first of all with your
cleats in, then single legged and also without cleats fitted as well, to see if it’s the cleats
that are making the noise. It could well be a cleat bolt that needs re-tightening, using
some grease of course. Or maybe it is, in fact,
a worn out pedal bearing inside the actual body of it itself. And also it could well
be your chainring bolt. So make sure that they’re
fully greased up and also torqued up to
correct specification too because a little bit of
movement down there on the chainring can, in fact,
cause an awful lot of noise. Now, with all of these
threaded components which we’ve mentioned, you are going to
need grease, in my opinion, on them to actually prevent
them from seizing up and also to prevent them
from clicking, creaking, whatever we want to call it,
whilst you’re riding along. Now, if you’ve got one of these
press fit bottom brackets, some manufacturers do recommend
to use different compounds whilst installing them,
however, the different varieties of options out there is
quite lengthy, so I would definitely advise speaking
to your local shop before going ahead any
compounds inside of it. Now a final one to look
at with this noise is actually your quick
releases and your axle. So always give the
quick releases a coating of grease or something
of a medium viscosity. All purpose grease is absolutely fine. And then don’t forget to
actually grease on to the axle where it sits inside of
the dropout too, because occasionally a small amount of flex can create that annoying
tick, click, or creak. (upbeat music) Final one, the rattle. Now this one can be a
fairly easy one to diagnose and solve because it’s
the loudest noise of all. So, first point of call I
would look at is definitely where your cables are
going near your frame. That way you can see if
there’s any paint missing, for instance, that’s a
certain indicator of a rattle which could well be causing that noise. So if you have got that,
then it’s certainly worth getting some
self-adhesive frame protector and simply placing it where
that rubbing has been occurring. However, there could well
be some internal rattles. Now this one required a
little bit of MacGyver, and I do like a bit of MacGyver. I had an internal cable
rattling in the past and I think the best way of
solving it is to remove the components so you can
actually access into that frame and then get
yourself some bubble wrap. I find this is great because it doesn’t absorb water, it doesn’t block water. Once upon a time someone
I knew used a sponge, and that tends to hold a
little bit of water in there when water does find it’s
way into the frame tube. But that bubble wrap, you
can put loads of it in there, it’s lightweight and it stops the cables from rattling on the inside of that frame. Get it MacGyver! Of course now it could
well be a loose headset. And one easy way of finding out that is simply grab the bike,
pull the front brake and try and rock the bike
backwards and forwards. If there’s any clunkiness
in it then, yeah, it’s likely that your headset
has slowly come loose. Now, the way of adjusting
this is to loosen your top cap adjuster bolt
slightly and then undo your stem bolts too on
either side, and then simply take up the slack
enough so that when you pull on the front brake
and try and rock it there’s no more rocking there. That’s a result. But also, you want to make sure the handlebars turn freely as well. So there’s no stiffness, no
grauchiness, anything like that. You may well feel a
little bit of resistance. If you are, just bear
in mind it could be your brake cable, your gear cables too, where they are just taking up
a little bit of that slack. Now once you’re happy that
the headset is all okay and there’s no rattling, no
stiffness, anything like that, then simply tighten up your
stem bolts and you are good. Of course, make sure that they’re on the correct torque settings. This can take a bit of to-ing and fro-ing because you can tighten
them up, rock it and then find out there’s a
little bit of looseness still. Or maybe it’s a little bit tight. So it is a game of cat
and mouse, if you like. You have to be patient. One thing to consider
though, if your headset has been rattling for quite some time, then it is likely that the bearings are now useless, to be perfectly honest. You may well get a little bit
of extra life out of them, but ultimately it’s worth replacing them. The reason being, each and
every time that the headset has been loose and you’ve
hit one of those holes in the road, that impact
has really been amplified due to the lack of
compression from the top cap. So I would have a look at
replacing those bearings. There we are then. I hope that now some of
those noises have gone from your bike because a loud
bike is absolutely terrible. Nothing’s worse, can’t stand it. Right, let me know
though, what are your ways of getting rid of some
noises on your bike. What’s been the trickiest one that you’ve had to find and then solve? Let me know down there
in the comments section, I want to find out exactly
what you’ve been getting up to. Also, don’t forget to
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