Follow the rules

I always do my best to follow the the rules, including rule #65 — the rule of silence. This just made it all the more annoying when the ticking noise from the bottom bracket area started on the commuter.

As Gravelbike recently pointed out, there are small group of usual suspects for this problem:

  • Pedals
  • Chainring bolts
  • Crank fixing bolts
  • Bottom bracket cups
  • Cassette

Now, I know it’s not the cassette because it’s a singlespeed. So a few days ago I checked the chainring bolts (one a little loose; tightened) and the crank fixing bolts (drive-side snugged down very slightly). Then I got distracted and neglected to check the rest.

The ticking continued. And got worse, especially when pedaling hard at lower cadences (Spring headwinds) or out of the saddle (keeping the cadence up on the small hills).

This morning, before I left for work, while muttering about having to ride another day before I could get it into the basement shop for an overhaul, I checked the pedals. Yes, the drive-side pedal was somewhat loose. Tightened, and the ticking went away.

Now, there’s nothing but the sound of slightly under-inflated Schwalbe Marathons rolling along.

Let that be a lesson to you. Check the easy stuff first.  And check everything.

And follow the rules.

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