How To Fix A Creaking Bottom Bracket Or Cranks



Making enemies with your creaking bike? Don’t fear, Simon Richardson is here to solve all your problems!
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It’s incredible how many causes there can be of an annoying creak in your drivetrain. Chainrings, bottom brackets, pedals, cleats, and even your mech hanger can be the cause of your problem. Going through all of the points that Simon mentions in this video should solve the majority of problems.

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32 Responses to “How To Fix A Creaking Bottom Bracket Or Cranks”

  1. I used to laugh at the noisy bike videos. now that my baby has developed a creak in the bb I want to cut all my spokes with bolt cutters and saw my frame in half before giving up cycling altogether.

  2. Do you have a video for removing the crankset for an older style bike when the pedal is twisted into the crankset? In short a bike that doesn't have the botls holding the pedal to the crankset.

  3. Thanks. I regreased and reinstalled the pedals on the cranks and Oiled the pedal spindles. The clicking stopped.

  4. I have a really bad grinding noise on the last 4 sprockets when on the big chain ring. Mostly under load but after testing it, I can actually replicate it by hand when the bike is in the TurboTrainer. I cannot see anything wrong but the chain does look rather, err, busy and jittery, which may explain it but what do I do about this?
    Any ideas are welcome, I want to do the 180km Zwift challenge at the weekend!! HEEELP!!!

  5. Does it matter what type of regreaser you put in there? What are some recommendations for a '78 Centurion Pro-Tour?

  6. What about a tapping noise coming from the bottom bracket? #torqueback

  7. Another thing that clicks is the end of the front derailleur cable. Often it hits the pedal arm.

  8. Is creaking only a problem with noise or will your bike break because something is wrong

  9. I don't want to be a downer on this very good video but I do have one issue with warranties they are usually worthless.Unless it is some thing major like the frame snapping. Anything mechanical such as indexing fail or bottom braket failing after a short time is usually dismissed as ware and tare by the makers making the warranty basically useless. I have hear the same excuse of bottom bracket fails from two different bike mechanics which is "sand and grit getting into the supposed sealed bottom bracket unit and wearing it out prematurely". Sadly I have learnt that bicycles today and made to fail regularly to keep you spending money on them. A sad fact to be sure. Brilliant video as usual guys thanks.

  10. my bike crank is literaly shaking and i cant fix it it keeps on crushing my bearing when i cycle
    im on mtb btw

  11. this is in plain english easy to understand and very helpful keep up the gr8 vids

  12. is the creaking normal??

  13. While I watch the video and appreciated, I don't want to learn at this point. Just bought less than a month a Focos cayo ultegra and I'm in my 6 visit to the shop cause creaking sounds.
    They already change the bracket saying is broke. Ride it again and sounds still there.
    Tomorrow back to the shop.
    Sad part of the story is that I want a cervelo and seller was very pushy about getting a focus cause have ultegra and other gimmicks.

  14. While I watch the video and appreciated, I don't want to learn at this point. Just bought less than a month a Focos cayo ultegra and I'm in my 6 visit to the shop cause creaking sounds.
    They already change the bracket saying is broke. Ride it again and sounds still there.
    Tomorrow back to the shop.
    Sad part of the story is that I want a cervelo and seller was very pushy about getting a focus cause have ultegra and other gimmicks.

  15. If you know that a thread locker has been used, applying a soldering iron to the bolt it will soften the thread locker enough to allow easier removal.

  16. Could also be spokes especially when you get off the seat and putting some flex on the wheels . Really it can be every thing !!!!!!

  17. PLESE HELP!!! when i pedal with more force (up the hill) then you can hear loud bang and feel like something poping or like chain crackd… but gear is still the same…. i have deore xt, shimano. old bike

  18. Thanks for this – just replaced my BB bearings and was dismayed to have a creaking noise that made me worry i'd not fitted them properly. But sure enough it was the chainring bolts that i'd had to remove to get the drive side bearing off and not tightened enough
    ….. phew!

  19. Bike maintenance is so fucking annoying! In my next life I become a pro, then I don`t have to do this anymore…

  20. I've found the best way to eliminate creaking is by playing music out of my phone. Also keeps the bears away.

  21. Gave me so much good info to replace the gears the Bikes like new!

  22. Fantastic video, as per usual. But good god what a pain in the ass this is.

  23. have a pretty new Raleigh Redux 1 2016..it creeks and pops like mad..i can totally feel it in the crank/bottom bracket area..IM going to try my best to tighten up some stuff. Its so bad im scared something is going to break off while im peddling..

  24. Just found my creek, it was a loose pedal bearing. Thanks for the video it will help with future creeks.

  25. my bike is a month old and after a few miles the crank starts creaking

  26. I've got a click whenever my right crank hits 6 o'clock. any idea what I need to do?

  27. I've got a click whenever my right crank hits 6 o'clock. any idea what I need to do?

  28. My cranks wont come off help please

  29. The cleats, it was the cleats that were causing the clicking noise, it was driving me crazy, I thought there was a major problem with the pedal. But I put lub on the cleat and it silenced the click, thank you GCN.

  30. Thanks very much, was very helpful

  31. I take it standard grease is ok to use or is there a specific bike friendly type?

  32. Press-fit bottom brackets. Almost as pointless as IceTech.