Squeaking in boom area
...I had a creaking sound that I thought was my bottom bracket; my mechanic agreed and tighfened the BB, cranks.and pedals. The sound was still there. As it turns out, my rear skewer was worn out.
That said, grease and a torque wrench are good to have when going over your boom. I would lightly grease all sliding fittings and any bolts. If the bolts have blue LocTite on them, then just go with that - no grease. My boom on my Silvio v. 1 creaked a little until I gave every bolt a once-over.
After adjusting my boom, I heard some serious creaking during my ride today... but it went away on its own after a few miles.
I found that the noise was do to my upside down installation of the tapered bearing sleeve on the front fork.
There are a lot of parts in a wheel assembly.
Make sure that your drive wheel is true, tuned, lubed and undamaged!
I had a couple squeaks that developed after 500 km. The first problem was the seat pan fit. This was corrected with rubber washers on the front bolts.
Next, I loosened every bolt on the front end along with the front skewer and pivot clamp. I lightly greased where I could (bolts, rear shock elastomer and front shock boot) and torqued the bolts again. The squeak is no longer there.
Before I did this work on the front end I had a BB clamp bolt shear off while I was riding. I noticed after my front derailleur jumped out of alignment as the BB clamp shifted. I may have over-torqued that one bolt so be careful and learn from my mistake.
I have heard a creek a few times on my Silvio 1.5, I did not see any info on what to torque any of the bolts. Does anyone know what that should be for the various bolts?
I noticed after my front derailleur jumped out of alignment as the BB clamp shifted. I may have over-torqued that one bolt so be careful and learn from my mistake.
I love my torque wrenches. While assembling my Silvio 2.0, I am hard pressed to think of a fastener I haven't torqued yet. For frame fasteners that don't have a documented torque, I have a general purpose chart hung on my garage bulletin board that lists values for dry and lubed fasteners.
I'm sure some will call it unnecessary but I'm not working in a high volume bike shop where time is money and I tend to strong arm fasteners way too often...not something you want to do on a bike.
Larry, what torque wrenches are you using and do you have a URL link to them?
I have a Topeak D-Torq Wrench DX. I like it a lot. It includes a case and various bits and has a range of 4-80 Nm which is perfect for bicycle parts. Pretty expensive but very nice.
You answered one of my questions in my mental queue.
Mental telepathy is one of my other talents but strangely it doesn't work with people's psychic turn signals...
Here's my post on how I solved the creak in my secondhand Silvio 1.0, having first ensured that the BB clamps were correctly adjusted for my X seam (and not the first owner's):
Best of luck,
Had the creaking front end on the Vendetta. Turned out it was a bad front Skewer. Put my spare CB provided one in and poof all golden. I like simple fixes.