There’s nothing worse than a noisy bike. It’s sign of a lazy rider; someone who doesn’t take good care of the very steed that he rides to glory. It’s symbolic of the wear and tear that the committed cyclist puts on their rig and the inevitable hefty bill from the shop mechanic. And it gets in your head; any noise is equated with inefficiency. A smoothly operating bike is a fast bike. A noisy bike is wasting watts. And wasting watts means you’re working harder than your competition. Not good.
So whenever I hear something on my bike begin to make noise I know I need to take care of it and take care of it quick. The longer you leave your bike making sounds the more likely it is to cause more serious damage.
And last week when I was riding home at the end of a workout and my bike began to creak I took notice. Although this time there was a bit of an “Oh cool! I can use this for my learning project!” kinda feeling.
I’ve learned over the years that bikes make distinct noises and if you can recognize the “type” of noise then you can almost diagnose the issue. A squealing noise tends to be in the disc brakes and you need to realign your wheels or brake pads. A gritty noise tends to be in the fenders and you need take off your wheels and give the inside of the fenders a good clean. And a creaking noise, well, a creaking noise can mean a bunch of things.
Tighten your seat clamps.
Tighten your pedals.
Tighten your headset.
Lube some pivot points.
Check your quick release.
Check your bottom bracket.
So I went hunting for some help online so I could determine what my particular creak meant and I came across an awesome resource in the Global Cycling Network’s Youtube channel. Here you can view all things cycling related including amazing “How To” videos. Sure enough I located what I was after:
Have a watch and you’ll see what I’m referring to. The narrator suggests a myriad of solutions to my creaking issue. I was able to narrow it down a bit by carefully locating the origins of the noise and when it occurs. In order to fix the issue I needed to remove the pedals and crankset, lube up the interior of the crank spindle, and reinstall.
No more wasted watts.
No hefty mechanic bill.
No bad reputation in the peloton.
Thank you Global Cycling Network. Thank you.
I thought this lob would be a good opportunity to play with another web tool and get some added experience in hopes of using it in my practice. I decided to use Explain Everything. It is one of my favorite apps and I use it often. Essentially it’s keynote on steroids. Users are able to annotate, narrate, and publish their own screencasts through a highly intuitive interface using an awesome variety of tools.
A colleague of mine recently tweeted out a tutorial by Greg Kulowiec on how to embed video and incorporate images and video on top of your original recording. Sound confusing? Have a look at my below vlog of the work I did for this #LearningProject activity.