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When I put some pressure into the pedals or get out of the saddle to sprint, I hear a noise coming from somewhere in the front of the drivetrain. Its not really a creaking noise, more like a series of sharp clicks. When I'm seated and riding normally it doesn't make a sound. Could it be the front derailleur rubbing the chain because of frame flex?? Any suggestions?
 

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jmalkuch said:
When I put some pressure into the pedals or get out of the saddle to sprint, I hear a noise coming from somewhere in the front of the drivetrain. Its not really a creaking noise, more like a series of sharp clicks. When I'm seated and riding normally it doesn't make a sound. Could it be the front derailleur rubbing the chain because of frame flex?? Any suggestions?
Could be. Or clicks might be the tallest tooth/teeth on the chainring hitting the cage. - TF
 

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It is fairly common to have clicking noises, but ticks and clicks are very hard to eliminate sometimes. What seems like it is tied to the pedals may be coming from the seat post, etc. Sometimes things like temperature and humidity can affect noises as well. Clicks tied to your pedaling can come from the BB (grease all threads in contact with the frame and BB, and torque it to the recommended settings, which can be quite high), crank bolts (grease threads and washers), the chain ring bolts (take them all out and grease the threads, the faces where they contact the CRs, and the CRs where they contact the crank spider arms), the pedals (grease the threads, get some wax etc. on the cleats, grease the bolts into your shoes, squirt some lube into the guts of the pedal machinery if possible), the chain (clean and lube), shoes/cleats (loose cleat nut rattling around in the shoe sole, shoe/cleat interface, cleat bolts, cleats touching pedals), your seat post and saddle (grease the post, seat post bolts, saddle rails), your bars and stem (grease the stem, stem bolts at both ends, h'bar bolt if quill stem, and h'bar where it goes through the stem, steerer tube spacers if threadless), replaceable derailleur hangers (remove, clean, grease all parts and threads, reassemble) and your wheels (check for spoke tension, particularly on the rear non drive side, put a drop of lube where each pair of spokes cross, grease/tighten QRs, tighten cassette lock ring). Needless to say, you want to try these things in what seems like the most likely place the noise is coming from, but there are plenty of stories about "I was sure the noise was in the handlebars but it went away when I tightened up the spokes in the rear wheel," so keep trying different things until you have success.
 
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