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Old 08-04-09, 06:24 PM   #1
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My Return to Biking was a little jumpy

So I just went for my first bike ride in like 15 years. It went fairly well considering where I was and the rust. But I ran into a two issues that I am a little concerned about, and have no idea what might be wrong.

The first issue was the brakes, they were working fine but then they started to make that noise that sounds like they were slowing down the tire but not really braking if you know what I mean. (This could be that I wasn't gripping the break enough but I am fairly certain that I need new break pads I guess is what they are called.) How hard is this to do myself?

The second question was when I was riding even though I wasn't changing gears felt like it was jumping or coming off the gear then regripping. Kind've like when the chain has fallen off. What could be the reason for this?

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Old 08-04-09, 06:41 PM   #2
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your chain probably is gunked up and sticking and not able to change shapes for the cog diameter(if that makes sense).
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Old 08-04-09, 06:54 PM   #3
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It sounds like you need new brake pads. Pretty easy.

You may also need new derailer cables and housings. HardER, but not hard.

If you're not comfortable with these things, your Local Bike Shop should be able to spruce up the bike for you without too many Benjamin$ burned.

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Old 08-04-09, 10:01 PM   #4
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+1 on the LBS suggestion. Have them give it a complete safety check and tune up. There'll be plenty of time to DIY later!
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Old 08-05-09, 02:12 AM   #5
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To be blunt, if you're asking these questions and you want your bike to be more rideable, sooner, just take it to the bike shop.

If you want to learn, you'll have to start doing some reading and watching videos.

http://www.parktool.com/repair/bikemap.asp
sheldonbrown.com
expertvillage.com
bicycletutor.com
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