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Noise from frame
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posted 8/22/2018
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My Felt FC frame is 10 years old this month. It replaced a Felt aluminum frame that cracked. I've loved it for 10 years and put thousands and thousands of miles on it. Now I'm getting a creak that I can't seem to silence. I'm pretty sure it's coming from the head tube area. I repacked the headset with new grease and that settled it down some but I'm still getting a creak/click type noise when going up hills. More grease? Frame wearing out? Do they wear out? Unusual noises drive me nuts. Thanks for any help.

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posted 8/22/2018
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I've kept this site bookmarked for a long time, it might have an idea www.jimlangley.net/wrench/keepitquiet.html

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posted 8/22/2018
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I can tell You exactly what the problem is - and how to fix it.

Your trusty steed is tired. You guys have been through a lot together - all those many miles, and all the wonderful fun you've had through the years - but now it's time to do the RIGHT thing and allow your good ol' friend to retire and get some rest.

Plus - you DESERVE a reward for your own loyalty to "good health & well being" through all these years too.

So, "the fix" is THE brand new bike of your dreams. Steel, Titanium or Carbon - but NOT aluminum - you deserve the best. "Never settle for less than YOUR highest idea".

So close your eyes and allow your mind to soar - the very BEST bike for YOU, whatever that is for you. Road, Touring or Recumbent (?) - Ti, Steel or Carbon (?) - Shimano or Campy (?) - wheels (?) - seat (?). Imagine the possibilities.

Oh how I envy you.

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posted 8/22/2018
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I've had creaking\clicks on hills before. The root cause was different each time. Once it was a seat post that needed to be removed, cleaned, as dirt worked its way in over the years. Once it was my cranks needed to be removed and cleaned where they attached to the bottom bracket. Once my pedals needed to have their grease replaced. Once I needed to tighten the bolt at the top of the head tube. Once it was my wheel needing some spoke tightenings. They all sounded the same and could be construed as a creaking frame.

It could literally be anything. Just rule things out one at a time if you can. I keep spare parts lying around and will swap things out to see if the sound remains after a swap. Good luck.

Or just go with Grateful_G's idea. That's my favorite option too.
post edited on 8/22/2018 at 8:14:14 AM

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posted 8/22/2018
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What SafariCat said is sound advice. If you greased the headset to no avail, maybe a new headset is in order?

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posted 8/22/2018
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Just my 2 cents...I once had a creak I couldn't locate for months. Sounded like the headset but nothing done up there had any effect. Tried a thorough cleaning and re-installation of the BB and crank without effect. The creak was much as you describe, being most prominent when going uphill or under hard acceleration in the saddle. In the saddle. Got out the saddle wrench for my Brooks B-17 and gave it a turn. Dramatic reduction in noise. Another turn and a liberal coating of leather conditioner and it was silent as can be.

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posted 8/23/2018
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A new bike would be nice. I did replace the headset a few months back which is why I went right back there when the creak started. The old headset was the caged bearing type. I checked with Felt before ordering the new one to make sure it's correct and it does fit like a glove. The steering feels a lot better now. I cleaned up the seat post thinking that might be the issue but no love there. On my ride yesterday the creak wasn't nearly as bad going up hills so go figure. I'll check out that website that MLC40 posted and if I get a new bike you can bet I'll post up a picture. Thanks for all of your ideas.

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posted 8/23/2018
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Check the torque on the bolts on your stem and handlebars too.

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posted 8/23/2018
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Weird noises that I have had -

1 - Bottom Bracket was clicking under stress - replaced bottom bracket
2 - Clicking when pedaling under stress - turned out to be the large chainring was flexing (I am a 250 pound rider) - replaced chainring with a heavier chainring
3 - Right pedal was clicking - cleaned and greased pedals
4 - Noise from the head set - took apart, cleaned, and greased
5 - Strange noise when riding under stress - the chainstay broke in half about an inch from the rear axel - replaced the bike frame

I donít believe that these light weight bikes are made to withstand riders my size

post edited on 8/25/2018 at 6:06:57 PM

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posted 8/25/2018
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I had a really weird clicking near the bottom of each stroke of my right crank. A little intermittent. Pedal? Bottom Bracket? Saddle? Chain ring bolts? on and on. Then I noticed: it was my knee!


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posted 8/26/2018
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I had a creak on one side that I figured was a pedal. I tightened the pedal, different but still present creak. Removed, greased and reinstalled pedal, same. Removed pedal, THOROUGHLY cleaned crank threads, pedal threads and facings, greased and reinstalled pedal. Fixed.
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