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My bike is doing something weird.

Antaresia2012-01-30 03:21:04 +0000 #1
Is there really no such thing as a stupid question? I hope so. I just remembered my bike is doing something weird and I wanted to know if it means I have to fix something.

You know how when you push your bike, it makes a clicking noise and the peddles don't spin? When I push my bike now the peddles spin. I'm guessing I have to either grease something or loosen something. Or just ignore it. IDK.

Please advise.
laura*2012-01-30 03:25:22 +0000 #2
When you're riding the bike, can you still coast without pedaling?

When pushing the bike, do the pedals spin while in any gear, or only some gears?

Is the bike old or new?

I suspect the friction to spin the chain/cranks has become less than the friction in the freewheeling mechanism. Thus the bike preferentially spins the pedals. The freewheeling mechanism (whether a freehub or freewheel) can potentially be freed up by dripping some oil into it.
ridebikeme2012-01-30 03:48:52 +0000 #3
IT can also be caused by the cassette protector(pie holder)being caught and not allowing the freehub body to move freely.

The protector is a plastic piece that is behind the gears on your rear wheel, and it will connect to the spokes of the wheel.

chasecyclery.blogspot.com
HillSlugger2012-01-30 03:51:54 +0000 #4
It could also be that the drive pawls inside the hub are getting stuck up.
Antaresia2012-01-30 04:30:43 +0000 #5
ARGH

guess I should have gotten that looked at. I hate to be a hypochondriac about my bike but I guess that was serious.

Today while biking to work I lost all ability to pedal backwards. If the pedals weren't being moved forward, the chain would go slack. Even coasting was problematic, so here I am peddling and breaking at the same time for most of the way to work, stopping every once in a while to put the chain back on ;_;

Everything looks okay to me so I have no idea what's wrong. I'm calling my LBS to see if my new bike is ready or if they can fix this really quick at the end of the day.

Drat.

I had other plans for tonight, too.

*edit

oh, and it is an older bike. Like, 30 years old. And no dork-disc.

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