When everything is old means different problems arise from it. In the same way, when a bicycle gets old it starts to emit various strange creaking sounds, which no one wants. You must be thinking by now, why is my old bicycle making a trucking sound? The simple answer is, since a bicycle has so many parts, as a bicycle gets old, every part gets old also.
And, after getting old, different types of problems such as rusting, loosening of screws or bolts, contamination, and breakage are seen in various parts. These problems are the main cause of sound in older bicycles. But don’t worry, today I will tell you how to get rid of all these problems. This keeps reading my respectful discussion.
Why Do Old Bicycles Make Creaking Sounds?
There are various reasons behind the creaking sound of the bicycle. Although these reasons are very common, it is normal for older bicycles to have some noise. But still, you should have a proper idea about why your old bicycle makes a cracking sound. Otherwise, hearing such a sound suddenly can make you nervous. Generally, if the bicycle bearing is very old or dirty, it makes a lot of creaky sounds.
- Old bicycle headsets often get rusted, cables become loose, and dirt and mud get corroded in the bicycle chain, resulting in different types of sounds during cycling.
- Besides, many times it is seen that bicycle seat posts, and handlebars are bent due to old age and make different noises.
- Excessive wear of brake pads, complications related to pedaling, and excessive use of front and rear wheels lead to a creaking sound.
Yes, you can change different parts of the bike as you want. But keeping the old parts on the bike, taking care of it, and getting it to use can be a big deal.
Top Reasons For Making Old Bicycles Creaking Sound
- Dirty or dry old bearings.
- Loss of lube in pedals.
- Due to brake pad
- Seat-post Or Saddle
- Corrosion of various parts.
- Loose screws or bolts.
- The springs are loose.
- Loosening of various joints.
- Tendency to dirt.
Stopping Old Bicycles From Creaking Sound
Naturally, a bicycle has many parts. As a bicycle gets older, different parts of it start making different noises. Which you never like as a rider. But there are different methods to stop the sound from the bicycle. If you don’t know about those things then this stage is very important for you. Now I will tell you about different methods, by knowing which you can easily remove the creaking sound of an old bicycle.
Fixing Bike Chain Noise:
As your bike gets older, your bike chain may be getting older as well. And at that time the Creaking sound may come from your bicycle chain at different times. Notice that it may want to jump up or sometimes down a gear on the rear cassette. And to fix this problem, you can adjust the tension of a cable that runs from your bike’s shifter to the rear derailleur.
Usually, depending on the type, style, brand, etc of a bicycle, there will be barrel adjusters available for shifters, derailleurs, and cables.
- If you want to adjust the cable tension, then you need to use the barrel adjuster. In this case, the barrel adjuster should be turned ¼ turn.
- If in this case, the chain wants to fall on the smaller cog, it should be turned clockwise to adjust.
- To move the chain up to the larger cog, the barrel adjuster should be turned counterclockwise.
In this way, you can easily remove the sound from the old bike chain.
Eliminating A Creaky Sound From Bike Seat Post:
A creaking sound comes from the seat post of an old bicycle from time to time. In this case, you can adopt different methods.
- First, you need to check how loud the seat post sounds. If the sounds are fairly normal then you should consider that lube is needed.
- And, if the bicycle seat post is aluminum, loosen the bolt on the seat collar well and remove it.
- Then the grease and grit must be removed.
- Carefully apply a light coating of paste grease with your fingers and then place the post directly back into the bike frame.
- If your bike post is carbon then definitely use carbon fiber paste instead of grease.
Ending Sound From Bike Crank:
As the bike gets older, the crank bolt tends to loosen, which is why there are various sounds. In this case, to get rid of such weird sounds, one should first tighten the crank bolts. And, tightening the bolt using a hex wrench will most likely get rid of the creaking sound.
Stopping Squeaky From The Bike Brakes:
When a bike’s brake pads are worn out, braking can cause a variety of noises. Consequently, when the brake pads wear out, the friction of the iron of the brake pads against the drum or disc causes this noise. Then the only solution is to replace the old bike’s brake pads sooner rather than later if they wear out.
Generally, the brake pads on older bicycles are under a lot of pressure during cycling, which causes them to wear out quickly. Many times it is seen that different types of sand, water, or dirt enter the brake of the bicycle. This is when the bike brakes, and there is a squeaking sound.
As there is no shortage of sand on the road, it is common for bike brakes to get sand. Moreover, when cycling in the rain, dirt, water, and dirt stick to the bike’s brakes, resulting in various strange sounds. Such problems are usually more noticeable in disc brakes. If your bike has such a sound problem then wash the bike brakes well. And then wipe the brake with a clean cloth.
Stop Creaking Sound From Cycle Handlebars:
The handlebars of older bicycles have occasional up and down play as well as cracking. In this case, the stem bolts should be tightened.
- Tighten the top, bottom left, and right bolts evenly using a hex wrench.
- If you can do this correctly then the sound can go away.
Fixing Rear-Suspension Pivot Sounds:
Most mountain bikes have pivot points on the rear suspension. They often become loose or dry. Sometimes the bearings need to be replaced, but this can cause different sounds. And such problems are more common in old bicycles. In this case, the pivot of the rear suspension should be tightened where the pivots can be tightened by using the correct size of the hex wrench.
Furthermore, a torque wrench also works well on older bikes.
- Pivot bolts should be tightened by the bicycle manufacturer’s specifications.
- Drip lube along the pivot and frame joints and the sound will be greatly reduced.
- This causes the inner side of the pivot to grip and test it by turning it side to side.
Quitting Sound From Cycle Brake Levers and Shift Levers:
It is common for older bikes to make various noises from the shift or brake levers. But adding a little lube to the wire can get rid of a lot of this sound.
Front-Suspension Sound Removing Method:
As your bike gets older, the front shock constantly squeaks for a variety of reasons. It is often found that you can accidentally lock out at different times when you go biking on different types of technical terrain. And, this can trigger a sneeze-like scream. In this case, open up the shock on technical terrain and mount it properly to eliminate creaky sound.
Fixing Creaky Bike Pedals:
A sufficient amount of lube should be kept between the bicycle’s pedal springs and the joint at the spindle.
- Wipe off excess lube that drips around. If the pedals feel very grinding or hard, the bearings may need service.
- If applying lube to the pedal springs of your old bicycle doesn’t stop the creaking sound, check the cleats of the bike shoes.
- If they seem too tight, loosen them a bit.
Old bicycles are a collection of problems and noises. But still, old things are a storehouse of many illusions and many memories. So you may not want to change the word. But if you have the right knowledge about the cause of that creaking noise and how to reduce or stop it, you can ride your old bike for many more years. Have a great riding journey with your vintage silent bikes, that’s all I want. Happy Peaceful Cycling, Dude!