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On a longish ride last week I noticed a creaking sound whenever I pedalled. it was light but constant, on every pedal stroke:

Push, creak… push, creak… push, creak…

I stopped pedalling and coasted for a bit:

Silence.

This didn’t sound good. In fact it sounded like the bottom bracket was loose. This is where the pedals go through the frame and a loose one is just the sort of thing that you don’t want 50-odd kilometres from your destination. I carried on for a bit:

Push, Creak… push, creak… push, creak…

Stopped and checked the pedal cranks to see if there was anything noticeably loose. All seemed solid. I started again:

Push, Creak… push, creak… push, creak…

Suddenly the penny dropped. I stood up on the pedals…

Silence.

Sat down:

Creak… Push, Creak… push, creak… push, creak…

Bounced on the new saddle:

Creakcreakcreak…

Can you oil saddle springs?