Bicycle Mechanics - Aahhggh! Help! Emergency!
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Siu Blue Wind
07-26-05, 10:42 PM
Sort of. To me it's an emergency!
Was pedaling around in the court with my kid and I heard a click. Look down at my front cogs and nothing looked different. Heard it again. Nothing. Went to shift a gear while gently pedaling and...MASSIVE CHAINSUCK!!! Can't get it out, I have no tools. It's a GF Cake, only one month old. This is stuck big time and I can't figure how to get it out from between the chainstay and the big gear. I thought somewhere there was a post on working it out but I can't find it on search. I'm sitting here by myself feeling helpless... I really really need help. My new bike has been initiated. Big gouges in the frame and IT'S STUCK!!!! Please have an answer.... :( Soon?
07-26-05, 11:04 PM
I don't suppose you have a crank puller ? You could pull the right crank arm and chainrings off just long enough to free up the chain. If you don't have a crank puller, they're easy enough to come by. If your crank bolt is self extracting, you don't need the puller - an 8mm allen wrench will get it off.
Siu Blue Wind
07-26-05, 11:25 PM
When I got this bike, I had expressed an interest in obtaining the proper tools for its maintenance. Since I had splurged on the purchase of the bike, I felt it unreasonable to justify the tools so soon. So no, I don't have a crank puller. I do have allen wrenches, but...(ahem) which is the crank bolt :o ? Please don't flame me. Apparently I don't have a clue about the mechanics part of cycling and the only way I learn about bikes is from you guys. Do you know a way that I can "work" the chain out? I swore I saw it somewhere, I thought it involved dry shifting the gears....
07-27-05, 06:25 AM
It's a GF Cake, only one month old
Take that bad boy back to the LBS, and let them fix it. There is no reason you should have to fix something that is only a month old, and if you start pulling things apart, and you are not sure what you are doing, you may be messing with the bikes warrantee.
The LBS will have you back on the road ASAP, and will also adjust it so it won’t do it again. You paid a lot of money, and should not have to take the bike apart so soon.
Then get a beater bike (I took one out of a trash pile, after asking) and played with it until I understood what everything did, and how to adjust everything. Better to mess up on a free bike than to play around with a new one and screw it up more.
Just my two cents, no flaming from the fix everything yourself people (I am one myself now LOL)
Siu Blue Wind
07-27-05, 11:44 AM
Thanks Bigmark, I'll be heading out the door soon. Thanks for the tip. I just figured maybe I can try to save my baby myself. But you're right. I don't know beans from bones when it comes to bike repair. I do have a beater and I guess I can try to work on that as it fails...but so far it has been good to me. Will post again when I get back from the LBS. Found out that Cakes have this common problem and the manufacturer has a solution. I will mention to him the spacer that GF has to modify the gap between chainstay and gear, and see what he can do.
07-27-05, 12:04 PM
all you need to do is gently pry the chainring away from teh chainstay with a screwdriver.. you only need to move it a mm not even, you'd be suprised how easy this.. ignore the crankpuller stuff.. totally unnecessary.
Siu Blue Wind
07-27-05, 01:37 PM
I'm back from the LBS! Here's the scoop...While trying to wrestle with the chain, I had dry shifted the chain to the smallest rear gear and the middle chainring to ease the tension. Then to avoid the chain from jamming between the teeth again, I wrapped a small strip of cloth around the chainstay. So I bring it back to the LBS. He sees the cloth and at first glance it appears the cloth was tangled as well. He asked "what happened with the cloth?" as he gently pulls it and viola! THE CHAIN IS FREE! I freaked all night for nothing. I could have pulled the cloth. I asked him over and over again what he did and all he did was pull the cloth. Well, needless to say, I was very embarrassed and felt kind of....you know...dumb. When I expressed that to him, he said it was better to bring it in than to try to fix something I wasn't sure about. Then he told me a few horror stories. He said I avoided more damage by following the steps I did. Chain is not twisted, RD is still aligned, and teeth on chainring still okay. Nice ending, huh? :)
07-28-05, 05:37 AM
Yea, see, not all LBS are out to clean your clock. My LBS is great, and I am lucky they are less than 100 yards from the house.
Keep On Riding.
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