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Creaking on a newish bike
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About this time last year I got a new bike to replace the hybrid bike I had worn out. By the end of May this year, at which time the bike had less than 700 miles, the bike started making a creaking noise whenever I pedaled with much torque to accelerate or climb. I thought it might have been the pedals I transferred from the bike I wore out so I replaced those but the problem didn't go away.

The bike is a Giant Escape 2 and by process of elimination I am pretty sure the noise coming either from the crank arms or the bearings. As soon as I can, I plan to take it back to the shop where I bought it.

Any thoughts? Should I no longer buy Giant brand bikes?

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posted 7/26/2019
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I have a similar bike, a Giant Roam, with disc brakes that I bought used this year as an experiment to see if: 1) I still enjoyed riding an upright bike, (I have only ridden recumbents since 2011), and 2) I could ride some of the gravel roads in our area as a way to get a break from motorists.

As I said, it was a used bike with only about 500 miles on it. Almost immediately it had a click in it when I pushed on the pedals which went away when I was spinning nicely. So, I changed pedals and the click continued. Then, I changed my shoe cleats and the click went away.

In terms of buying the Giant brand of bikes, personally, I think it is a great brand and one in which you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Stick with it and find the cause of your noise. If you're like me, you want a quiet bike because noises are a sign that something isn't quite right.

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I bookmarked this site a long time ago and it might have some ideas you could try jimlangley.net/wrench/keepitquiet.html

I'm not enough of a mechanic to diagnose the problem beyond that.

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I can rule out cleats as a source of the noise since I am using toe clip pedals and pedals since I already tried replacing them.

From the website MLC40 supplied I think this might fall into the clunk category and the next thing I will try is having the shop I got the bike from make sure the bottom bracket is tight.

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I have built up many bikes from the bare frame. When installing the bottom bracket, I always put grease or anti-seize lube on the bottom bracket threads. I also put anti-seize on the pedal threads. As long as the crank arms are tightly fastened to the bottom bracket, this should eliminate squeaks from that area.

One time I had a similar mystery squeak from the crank area. Turned out I had a hairline crack in the crank arm where the pedal threaded in. Lucky I found that before the crank arm cracked apart under pedaling stress, which could have caused a crash.

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Creaks can drive me crazy! (But then, it's a short trip.) Sometimes the best solution is to start at one end of the bike and work your way to the other end, greasing everything that threads, clamps, or has a press fit. That means handlebars, stem, headset, bottom bracket threads (or press fit interface) BB axle, pedal threads, seat post, rails, and maybe even the QRs on your wheels.

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posted 7/26/2019
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Raymondj has a good idea. Crank arms can creak for sure and or bottom bracket.

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Creaks, clicks, anything unexpected make me crazy too. Locating a noise and fixing it can also drive you crazy. On my Felt full carbon road bike I had a creak going up hills. It turned out to be the headset. I thought it was torqued down properly but I was wrong. Check your headset too. Good luck.

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If it is a carbon fiber frame, pull your seat tube out and apply a fresh coat of carbon friction paste. Also, check to make sure that all of your fasteners especially the seat clamp are tightened to the correct torque. Any clicking and or creaking issues I have experienced have been one of these two things. We always assume it is the bottom bracket because we hear it when we pedal but most of the time it has nothing to do with the bottom bracket.

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I had a 2004 CAAD5 R600 Cannondale that did the same thing. Took it to a mechanic to make sure the torque was correct and the "spindle" was grease where the cranks mount(dissimilar metals). The guy totally over torqued it and I replaced the BB and cranks a while later. If your frame is aluminum, the are really finicky and sometimes noisy.

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posted 7/31/2019
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Once I had a terrible little "click" I could hear and feel with every pedal stroke, but could never replicate the noise on the repair stand. Tightening/adjusting whatever my latest theory about the source of the noise never panned out to change anything. Frustrating. Then, after a few weeks of that, I realized that the noise was coming from my right knee!
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