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    tourer chain won't back pedal

    i dug my tourer out from underneath a thick layer of dust and set about tuning it up for spring only to remember it had a really annoying problem with the drivechain.

    whenever i backpedal something won't reverse fast enough and the chain ends up getting sucked downwards on top and the derailleur gets pulled forward. the chain isn't thrown off and normal forward cyclin doesn't seem to be affected.

    i have replaced both the chain and the freehub body to no avail and am feeling stumped.

    set up is eight speed shimano, LX hub, deore chainset, sram pc 830 chain 9 speed XT derailleur front and rear (reverse rise)

    two further thoughts are the chain rings are worn out which doesn't seem to be the case and the rear derailleur wheel pulleys are clogged somehow. of course one of the small pulley screw heads has stripped on me

    any thoughts appreciated.

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    OK, it's a case of divide and consider. Start by pedaling forward and getting the rear wheel up to a decent speed. Stop suddenly and watch the top loop. If it doesn't sag from the wheel pushing chain forward then the freehub is OK, and you need to move on.

    If it isn't the freehub, my best guess is friction in the RD pulleys, or simply a sticky chain, from dried lube, or dirt. Shift to high fear and push the cage forward to get some slack, and lift the chain from the pulley and check each for free spinning. If they're sticky, remove them one at a time, field strip, clean and oil them.

    Next check the chain by back-pedaling slowly while watching the chain unspool from the lower pulley. Push the cage forward to get a bit of slack in the lower loop. If the chain doesn't straighten immediately as it leaves the pulley, it needs oil, or a bath then oil.

    Last, and maybe should have been first, make sure the RD trims well and pedaling forward is smooth and quiet. Poor trim can add friction and bind the chain when you back pedal.

    So, you have 10 minute of diagnosis ahead of you. Come back afterward if it's none of the above.
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    derailleurs are a go forward scheme, as above if the chain wont go slack coasting,
    chainsucking into the wheel.. Its good to go.

    maybe if chain is in the best chainline .. central combinations
    and the shift mech has the pulley dead on under the cog
    then Back pedaling may work , but why? its not a fixie or a unicycle.

    forward is the direction..

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    seems like sticky pulley wheels are the thing. much better now after a liberal dousing of chemicals. still seems like the rear mech needs be further back to apply a little more chain pressure and the B screw isn't helping out much. more chemicals and perhaps a internal spring cleaning. pun intended.

    fietsbob - you'd be surprised at how annoying it gets, coasting down a hill and wanting to reposition your pedals for a corner and it gets all weird on you and you have a 'dead space' before your pedalling cycle starts giving power. it's not right at all.

    thank you

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    You could always purchase pulleys with a sealed bearing in the center..
    The ones made with ceramics instead of steel is probably overspending


    Just realize if 'cross chaining', back pedaling may also change the gear
    or mess up things , partially, at least.
    consider bringing crank around forward a half turn,
    to bring up that inside pedal, rather than backwards..

    Last edited by fietsbob; 03-12-11 at 10:03 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seaners View Post
    seems like sticky pulley wheels are the thing. much better now after a liberal dousing of chemicals. still seems like the rear mech needs be further back to apply a little more chain pressure and the B screw isn't helping out much. more chemicals and perhaps a internal spring cleaning. pun intended.

    fietsbob - you'd be surprised at how annoying it gets, coasting down a hill and wanting to reposition your pedals for a corner and it gets all weird on you and you have a 'dead space' before your pedalling cycle starts giving power. it's not right at all.

    thank you
    It sounds like you need to remove and clean the derailleur pulleys. This is quite easy- just don't mix them up. The upper and lower pulleys are different. Some help is here: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...lleur-overhaul
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