Re: [MedfordBiPeds] can I pay you to fix my bike?
- On 5/14/13 11:48 AM, Bruce Kulik wrote:
> I'm a little surprised that a local bike shop was not able to quicklyYou and me both.
> and accurately adjust this to work correctly.
> It may be that theI made it very clear that I was completely on board with the idea of
> derailleur (chain shifter mechanism) is loose or damaged. It may also
> be that the chain needs to be replaced, but that can have other
paying for replacement parts to have the bike fixed "right."
> It might also be that the chain needs a good oiling.A knowledgeable friend oiled my chain late in the Summer last year, and
I saw the first problems last Fall, so I don't suspect that.
> A few questions:I guess it's 21? I have 3 numbers on one side and I think 7 on the other.
> 1. How many speeds does the bike have? Typical configurations are:
> Front sprockets (attached to the pedals), 1 ring, 2 rings, 3 rings.
> Rear sprockets 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. The older the bike, the fewer gears are
> 2. When you say the chain comes off when you shift to 1, do you mean itIt falls between the gears and the frame of the bike.
> ends up between the spokes and the gears (very bad), or do you mean it
> falls off the front, and lands on the frame between the pedals, or do
> you mean it falls off the front to the right, and gets trapped between
> the right pedal and the largest gear in the front?
> 3. What kind of shifting levers do you have and where are they located?There's a thumb-operated lever that you have to push really hard to go
> Typical types are:
one way, and an index-finger-operated lever that's easy to pull to go
the other way. One on each side, mirrors of each other (but one has 3
number, and the other has 7). There's a dial inside a little housing,
between these levers, with numbers on it.
> 4. Is the chain dry? Rusty? Does it skip as you apply pressure whenThe chain is not dry or rusty. I don't know what "skip" means. I've
> starting from a stop, or regularly once or twice as you spin the pedals,
> or only in certain gears?
never experienced anything I was tempted to call "skipping." I have seen:
- The chain has fallen off.
- The chain has made a rattling noise when it seemed to not quite engage
properly right after shifting (which I fixed by shifting back to where I
was and trying again, or shifting an additional step in the same
direction and then back again).
- Right after the first shop screwed up so badly, the pedals would
sometimes seize up and not move at all, and sometimes spin freely and
not engage the wheels. My brief visit to the second shop made those