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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-18-12, 03:00 PM   #1
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What did I do?

Hello, I have not posted here in a while. Finally getting back on the bike. I have found some 36 spoke wheels that will suit me well. I am 6'1" at 387 so I am on the clydesdale squared camp.
Anyways, I am rinding my bike the other day and I noticed that if I spin the pedals backwards, the chain slacks. The cassette is not easily moved. When I put the bike on the stand, I cannot replicate the problem, everything moves smoothly. After all this I am suspecting that my weight is stressing the free hub on the wheel thus not allowing it to move backwards, it moves forward because there is no choice I guess.
Has anyone seen this? Am I in any danger of breaking down or hurting myself. This happened with a brand new 105 hub and a brand new tiagra hub.

any help is appreciated

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Old 09-18-12, 03:29 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert, so, even though this is the internet where we're all experts, I'll keep my mouth shut. Someone will come along with some insights, though.

Welcome back. Glad you're on the bike. Hope you stick with it, and keep us up to date on your journey.
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Old 09-18-12, 03:59 PM   #3
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backpedaling w/ a bad chain line will do as you described. ie big ring easy or vise versa. You can tube this a tad bit by adjusting the High low on the rear D.
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Old 09-18-12, 07:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I will have to look into that. The thing is that it does not do it if I have it on the stand. Anyways, I hope this time my return is for good. Tired of being fat :-) Time to get more mobile.

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Old 09-18-12, 08:34 PM   #5
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try doing it by just holding your bike upright, and start leaning on the top tube with your chest as you pedal backwards... maybe you'll be able to see something or tell when it starts.
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