Hey guys not only am I new to cycling but I'm also new to the PNW. Both my wife and I have bought GT Tachyons 1.0s and are trying to get into ridding for fitness. I'm kinda having some problems with my bike or (more likely) I don't know how to ride. I decided today that will be in the best shape of my life by my 40th which is in August so I need to get crackin.
I was a bit ambitious today and did 15 miles which I regret already. I took Meridian down into Puyallup which was cool but it was one hell of a climb back up. I'm not there yet, but atleast I have a baseline.
Durring the climbs my rear derailer kept making my chain hop around under load, which prevented me from getting into a rhythm. This might not be the right area to ak questions so I'll kinda leave it at that, I'm afraid that something is wrong. How do I asess the chain derailer, or is it best to get the bike into a tech?
It could be a bunch of things. It's probably a simple adjustment- if you're even the slightest bit mechanical, start here: http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-...nts-derailleur . Don't skip any steps, and don't be afraid to ask questions on the Bicycle Mechanics forum. They're pretty tolerant of newbies, and most are genuinely interested in educating people.