If I hear that “tick, tick, tick” sound again, I think I’m going to give up cycling. For months I’ve struggled with the annoying tick. Turns out it’s not all my doing. First it was the loose quick-release. Normally that wouldn’t be a problem but the carbon-fiber fork’s a different beast from steel. I also thought I had a bad pedal months ago, but discounted it when I found the quick-release issue.
Still, I had a minor tick that grew worse over time. It ticked only when seated, not while riding out of the saddle. Finally, I decided to take off the Shimano PD M-540 pedal and try another. Sure enough, it was the pedal causing the tick, the same one I thought to be defective months ago. It was only months old, so it’s certainly a defect. Shimano’s warranty is a generous two years on parts.
I can’t recall my Campagnolo Super Record pedals ever having problems. I maintained them annually. They were crude by today’s standards but they had larger ball bearings than my Shimano pedals and that could be one reason why I’ve had two bad Shimano pedals. I may have just been unlucky, but I don’t think so.