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Axle moves side-to-side when pedalling?

Axle moves only small amoun and bike still functions, but "clunking" noise on every pedal cycle is annoying. Thanks

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How do I stop the squeaking noise when pedaling the bike or using the elliptical option? I've tried lubrication. Only getting worse.

Have you lubricated all moving parts. Wheel bearings Chain and sprockets? Are there fenders if so are they a little loose?. Anything that is loose will vibrate and make a noise. Even dry pedals will make a noise. Crank also.Just a thought.

Dec 23, 2016 | Exercise & Fitness

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What is causing a clunking noise when each pedal is at the bottom of its stroke? This happens when I am sitting on the bike, but not when I am off and just pushing the pedals by hand.

It is most possible the cotter pin fixing the pedal arms to the shaft - one is lose. Very easy to repair and cheap to replace. This cotter pin is installed where the bicycle frame shaft goes through the pedal arm. Pin has the thickness of a writing pen about one inch long with a nut at one end. Tap the smooth end of the cotter pin firmly with a hammer to drive it deeper into its hole. Tighten the screw at the other end (do not over tighten as it strips easily. Do it on both sides. Nice videos on you tube in this regard although it is shown on road bicycles.

Oct 28, 2014 | Schwinn Airdyne Evolution Comp

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The bike makes a loud noise when pedaling

I suspect the crankset or bottom bracket. It can have the illusion of tightness when not moving, but "clunk" everytime you pres on the pedals. I would first make sure that the cranks are tight on the bottom bracket axle. This will require a metric wrench.

Oct 10, 2014 | Huffy Cranbrook 26" Mens Cruiser Bike

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Huffy boys bike makes clicking noise

does it make the "clicking" noise when coasting, pedaling or both? If it is only when pedaling, check to make sure the cranks are not rubbing on a chain guard or hitting the frame, if not then the chain is probably too tight and it is the gear cog teeth meshing with the tight chain. Loosen the rear axle nuts and slide the rear wheel forward slightly, this should take care of it. If the noise happens while coasting then one of the wheels could be rubbing on the frame intermittently, or the hub bearings could be too tight (also making it difficult for small legs to pedal) and the bearings are crushed and flattening making the "clicking" noise as they are being ground up.

Apr 21, 2014 | Huffy Pro Thunder Boys 16-Inch BMX Bike

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Recumbant bike makes aclunking sound whe pedaled

follow this steps and fix it. God bless you


Prepare to oil by filling a grease gun with lithium grease. Check your owner's manual for the exact type of grease for your unit.


Locate where it is you need to lubricate. Focus on the bearings, free-moving joints and attachments with moving parts such as handle bars, wheels, pedals arms and guide rails. Go to each location one by one when greasing.


Unfasten the bolts or screws that hold the joint or attachment that you wish to lubricate.


Grease each bolt and screw liberally. Tighten each bolt and screw back into its place when finished.


Wipe away any excess grease
Loose Pedals


Kneel next to the left side of the elliptical's base. Use the Phillips screwdriver to tighten the two screws located in the center of the left pedal.


Use the Allen wrench to remove the bolt securing the left pedal arm to the pedal leg and body arm. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the screw securing the rear end of the pedal leg to the crank arm.


Pull the end of the pedal leg free of the crank arm. Wipe the crank arm clean, then apply a fresh coating of machine grease or silicone lubricant. Replace the end of the pedal leg back onto the crank arm and use the previously removed screw to secure it back into place.


Join the front end of the left pedal arm to the ends of the pedal leg and body arm. Use the previously removed bolt to connect the pieces together.


Move to the right side of the elliptical and repeat the above steps on the right pedal arm

Dec 09, 2013 | Exercise & Fitness

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How do i lubicant my reebok b5.8e bike

Well I'm not familiar with Reebok exercise bikes specifically, but I am familiar with bike pedals in general. It looks like these are rather cheap plastic pedals that are sealed (no real way to take them apart and lubricate them). I suggest you try using some kind of household oil, 3 in1 etc. or maybe WD-40.and spray on the inside side of the pedal. If you take them off the machine, it might be easier to see where to spray or drop oil in the best area. If you do decide to take them off, the left hand pedal is reverse threaded (to unscrew the left pedal you must turn the axle of the pedal that unscrews clockwise to remove). The right pedal is regular thread (counter clockwise to remove). Depending on how much space is between the crank and the pedal body, you might have to get a special bicycle pedal wrench available from a good bicycle shop (Park tools are the best). The special wrench is very thin to be able to get between the crank and the pedal body which is usually very narrow between the pedal and the crank. If this doesn't work, I'm afraid you probably going to have to buy new ones in order to get rid of the squeak. If you don't mind doing away with the pedal straps, you could get cheap pedals at a bicycle shop. If you do choose to go this route take the pedal with you. There are two different pedal axle diameters: 1/2" and 9/16". The 1/2" isn't very common anymore, so it will probably be 9/16". The pedals usually marked L and R on the ends of the axel. If French it's D for right and G for left. If not, you will just have to try them to see which pedal is left and right by trying each one (remember preceding instructions). Good luck!

Aug 08, 2012 | Sport & Outdoor - Others

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Crank knocks on my electra hellbilly when i pedal hard

The Electra Hellbilly has a three piece crank/bottome bracket. There are many things that can cause a knocking noise on your bike. I will give you a few places that you can check but you may need to take it to your local bike shop.
1st. Check the pedals. Take a 15 mm open end wrench or pedal wrench and makes sure the pedal are tight. Also check the pedals for any play in the bearings or tight spots. If they seem to have any issues, try a new set of pedals. Test ride.
2nd. Make sure the crankarms are tight. Use a 14mm socket wrench. You may need to remove a cover over the nut with a small flat head screwdrive. If you have a torque wrench, they should be between 25 and 35 ft lbs. Test ride.
3rd. Check the chain tightness. It should have just a small amount of play in the chain. Also check the chain for tight links or bad links. Do this by either flipping the bike, putting it in a stand or having someone hold the rear of the bike up while pedaling and watching for the chain to not flow over the cog in the like the rest of the links. If you find a tight link you will have the work it loose by hand, going back and forth with the tight link your hand and lubing it with something like tri-flow. Test Ride.
4th. The last two solutions are better off adjusted but your local bike shop. You need to check the bottom bracket and rear hub. We can start with the hub. While standing over the rear wheel, move it side to side. If you feel any play then your hub is out of adjustment. Adjusting the hub requires cone wrenches so unless you have the tools it will be less expensive to have it done. For the bottom bracket, grab one of the crankarms and move it side to side, if there is any play here then it requires adjustment. Once again it requires special bicycle specific tools so it would be less expensive just to have the repair done.

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Jun 24, 2009 | Pedals Electra Retro 1/2" Cruiser Bike...

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I have lost the drive when i pedal.

Hi! No worries about the lingo!
What you are referring to is the free-wheel hub.  This is the rear hub which allows you to have load when you pedal forward, and then move freely when you pedal backwards.
I had a similar experience with a trike and what was needed was to pull the inside of the hub and replace a small spring that looked kind-a like a safety pin.  This is what makes the clicking noise when you pedal backwards or move the bike forward without pedaling.
Not all repair shops are willing to make this repair, and to be honest, I ended up having to go back several times to get the same part repaired, until I gave up and purchased a new hub. If you like to bike a lot and go far, this would be the best course of action.
Good luck!

Jun 16, 2009 | Cycling

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On my 2005 subaru legacy outback 2.5l replaced passenger side cv axle. now while driving the vehicle i come to a stop light or stop sign foot on brake pedal engine makes cavitating noise and feel the...

If I understand you correctly, you feel a vibration it the brake pedal when you apply the brakes. Is that correct?
Have your brake rotors re surfaced; they are warped.

"engine makes cavitating noise" ....what does this mean?

Apr 21, 2009 | 2005 Subaru Outback

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Crankarm fell off electric bicycle.

Crank bolts are rarely ckecked when building a bike, they are usually tight from the factory and don't need to be looked at.
Sometimes they are not, but you can fix it at home if you have metric socket tools and a ratchet handle. 
Grab a small flat blade screwdriver and pry off the grey plastic cap, you should find the nut in there, you'll need that!
Rotate the arm that is still attatched so the pedal is at the bottom,  Move to the other side of the bike and slide the other arm onto the axle with the pedal at the top and facing away from the frame. Thread the nut on by hand. Grab the ratchet and tighten it tight (same weight as doing a push-up or lifting a 50lb bag of something), go to the other side, take the grey cap off tighten that arm as well. Then put both caps back on and ride in peace.

Feb 17, 2009 | Omega Cycling

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