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    pedals/wheels locked

    hi, my bike is out of commission for the moment, and i was trying to take my brothers old trek hybrid out for a ride, but i can't pedal on it.. the pedals are locked for some reason, they will go backwards but not forwards. when i lift the rear wheel off the ground, the pedals move fine (but not if i just lift the front wheel off), but for some reason i can not get on and ride. Almost fell when I just tried to jump on it, didn't realize it wasnt going to work.. I can't figure out what the problem is.. anyone have any idea?

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    Rear wheel is bent.
    Brakes are mis-adjusted.
    The chain and rear wheel spokes are locked together.
    etc.
    etc.
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    Is it in high gear?
    Is the rear quick release, or axil bolts loose?

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    Nothing's bent or broken or anything, I'm pretty sure.. I said its the "old" bike but its actually mostly clean, i think its 3-6 years old, and i dont think its even been ridden that much. It's not in a high gear. I dont think the quick release is loose, i took off the front wheel and put it back on to make sure and its still the same way. It could be the quick release. I'll fiddle with that I guess

    what do you mean by:

    "The chain and rear wheel spokes are locked together."

    i dont see how that wouldve happened, it doesntlook like it to me but it sounds feasible? why would this have happened and how would i see?

    also, like i said it spins fine if i lift the rear wheel off the ground. would that mean that its front wheel thats locking up or the rear wheel or what?

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    Flip the bike over. Do both wheels spin freely and feel solidly connected to the bike?
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    i think it might be something with the quick release, or the front wheel's connection to the bike, but still cant figure out whats up.

    i flipped it over, when i pedaled the bike only the rear wheel moved, and when i moved the rear wheel the pedals moved, but i pounded on the front wheel and i think it felt connected and it spun around fine.

    i think it might be a quick release issue, because at first i looked at it and the quick release was too tight i think and wouldnt go past like 90 degrees so i thought that must have been the problem and i fixed it, and now it closes all the way and feels right as far as i can tell, and i tried taking the wheel off and putting it back on but it still wont work. I feel like its something dumb that i'm just forgetting. my own bike doesnt have a quick release it just has a nut cause its an old crappy one, so i dunno if im doing something stupid.

    any more ideas?

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    This problem makes no sense whatsoever.

    i flipped it over, when i pedaled the bike only the rear wheel moved, and when i moved the rear wheel the pedals moved, but i pounded on the front wheel and i think it felt connected and it spun around fine.
    I think you're riding a fixed gear.
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    the front wheel should not move when you pedal, it's not connected... if you have a lbs nearby it might be worth it to take it to them, I don't mean to be offensive but you don't seem to know what you're talking about. For a couple bucks they could probably clear up the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbardel59
    any more ideas?
    Yea, call your brother and tell him you are screwing his bike up.
    Then ask you parents for that last chromosone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    I think you're riding a fixed gear.
    if he spun it in the right direction with a freewheel the pedals would move

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