Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take part in the October Giveaway for a Whiskey Tango Foxtrot urban gravel bike from Van Dessel Cycles


Unable to change gears
#1
Hi there guys... Just picked a bike up from my Grandad...

At first I was only able to turn the pedals a couple of times and then it'd completely stick and when released the pedals would spin backwards as though there was too much tension.

I fixed this by loosening the bolt on the crank and the pedals turn fine-ish

Now when I' pedaling its like the chain is popping of the chainwheel and the pedals are spitting my feet off and jolting every other pedal...

^Thats the first problem^


The second problem is that the gears wont change...

The back set of cogs has the chain on the lowest cog (furthest away from the bike) and wont change up through the gears. The front set of cogs has the chain on the lowest gear (closest to the bike)


I can click through the gears on the twist grips, but the chain does absolutely[/color] nothing
  Reply
#2
Sounds like your chain is stiff, likewise your derailleurs. Suggest you clean and lubricate the chain and all components to start. Make sure cables and derailleurs move smoothly by hand pressure. Check the derailleur info on top of this page. Try again while turning the pedals, riding the bike. Than go through the wheel bearings, Bottom Bracket and head. Now you are ready to ride.

What components, what bike, photos???
Never Give Up!!!
  Reply
#3
pictures are required.

Everything probably needs to be taken apart, cleaned and lubricated. All of the cables need to be replaced.
Nigel
  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread
Author
Replies
Views
Last Post
 
11,498
08-16-2011, 04:54 PM
Last Post: davembk

Forum Jump:

[-]
10 Latest Posts
Biking in the rain
Yesterday 10:23 AM
hello from the windy city
Yesterday 04:31 AM
Grinding/scraping sound in front wheel (...
Yesterday 01:31 AM
400 lb. weight limit bikes
Yesterday 01:14 AM
Rossin CL score
Yesterday 12:56 AM
How to remove a Dork disc
Yesterday 12:50 AM
Knocking sound coming from freewheel? (E...
10-18-2020 02:29 PM
My "FAVORIT" Bike, 70s Czech bike
10-18-2020 12:40 PM
2020 road cycling season
10-18-2020 11:36 AM
Year & Price on this Miyata 600GT
10-18-2020 09:39 AM

[-]
Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
30 posts
no avatar 2. Painkiller
10 posts
no avatar 3. Papa Dom
8 posts
no avatar 4. G_M
6 posts
no avatar 5. J_R_Schultz
6 posts