How do I block all noise

Do you hear that too? The eternal search for the creak ...

"There! There it is again! And I thought I had finally found the cause. ”Who doesn't know that: A noise spreads and suddenly the fun of cycling comes to an end. Sometimes it's more of a squeak or a creak, but sometimes it's a rattle or even a rattle. The reasons can be as varied as finding the cause can take time. We have picked up the usual suspects and give tips on how to investigate the cause.


1. First wait

As quickly as an annoying noise comes on the bike, it can go again just as quickly. That's why the motto is: Don't make the horses wild right away. Sometimes it's like the unanswered e-mails: after a certain period of time, the problems resolve on their own. As long as you wait, you can clean your bike once. Because a clean bike is simply nicer, quieter and, if necessary, easier to search for annoying sources of noise.

2. Limit the area

Front, back, middle, top or bottom? First of all, it is important to locate roughly where the noise is occurring. Make sure that carbon frames in particular conduct sound very well and can thus disguise where a noise is coming from. Even if you're firmly convinced your bottom bracket is over, it could be the tax rate.

3. Clearly define the time of the noise

The bike creaks when you just sit on it? Or only when you step in fully? Since the loads and forces act differently, it can help to investigate when the noises occur exactly.

4. Structured search and follow-up

Turning here and screwing there usually does not lead to success. Even if it is difficult, a systematic search is more likely to lead to a breakthrough than random trial and error. Wild action can also lead to other problems. It is therefore easiest of all to first retighten all screws in a structured manner, one after the other. Or even better: Unscrew all screws completely, clean them, grease them or sprinkle them with new threadlocker and screw them back on. You should definitely use a torque wrench to tighten all screws evenly and according to the manufacturer's recommendation.

5. Four ears hear more than two

The four-ears principle should definitely be applied in the search. Because your own senses can sometimes be deceiving. The second pair of ears doesn't even have to be a specialist. The colleague from the office, your own child or the mother-in-law can be really helpful for once.

6. Start with the simplest

It squeaks when you pedal, so replace the bottom bracket right away? No, it's better the other way around. Once you have a rough idea of ​​where the creak is coming from and when it occurs, just start with the easiest measure.

7. Check moving parts

If you've done all the screws once and the wheel still doesn't want to stop making noise, turn to the rotating parts. Slowly turn the wheels, pedals and drive. Pay attention not only to noises, but also to play in ball bearings and everything that does not run smoothly. Do not forget components that are particularly exposed to stress, such as the saddle, handlebars and brakes.

8. Raise the heavy artillery

You still haven't found the part that makes those disgusting noises? Then it starts to get uncomfortable, because now you have to tackle the hard-to-reach corners of your bike. This means, for example: Remove, clean and grease the bottom bracket, or expose the headset and also clean and grease it. You can also check these parts for damage right away. Then of course reassemble everything properly. If you have a damper on your bike, now is the time to take a closer look at it.

9. Exchange parts as a test

Did you find the rough area where the noises are coming from? But there are so many ways exactly what could be causing the problem? Then simply replace the wheel, the crank including pedals or the stem-handlebar combination with shift levers. When the creaking is gone, you can continue to exchange things bit by bit on the original part until you have found the culprit.

Of course, these can all only be clues to get closer to the problem. If all else fails, we recommend going to a workshop and having the creaking examined carefully. In various online forums (for example here or here) you can also spend a few hours around the ears to find further ideas as to where the noise can still come from.

- Drive faster than the sound

- Sing out loud

- Listen to music

- Swap the bike with a buddy

- Buy a new bike (we know of a good online shop there 😉

Creaking, squeaking and rattling are annoying. With a structured search, however, the problem focus can usually be found. Often times, it's the most obvious things. Some parts of the bike have emerged as the number one noise generator over the years. But if at some point you are simply at the end of your game, you have to invest a little time, work in a structured manner and, if all of this doesn't help, maybe even visit a specialist.