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Old 08-08-09, 11:37 PM   #1
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Man it feels good to be a.....

ganster...just kidding. It feels so good to have finally got my recumbent. My first one I picked it up today in san francisco from a seller on craigslist. He was nice enough to let me ride it around for about 1/2 an hour. My first time ever on a recumbent also. I realized i could never ride a "regular" bike again after that 30 minutes. It's a 2000 vision R50 with full suspension shocks. Came with lots of goodies, rack, lights, chain guard, kick stand, extra break pads, tires, panniers/bags, etc. The only thing was he said he had a few people test ride it...so hes adjusted the boom/chain several times recently. I think the front der or chain length might need some adjustment...as the front cog does not shift so smoothly. And the chain even came completely off the smallest cog up front when i got it home tonight and was riding it. The back shifts perfect. Do u think that this is all that needs to be adjusted? and how do i tell what is the propper chain length? he included lots of extra parts like extra links. He was really nice and even gave me the original receipt and paperwork.

also the only other thing was that when it was in the middle cog up front and around the middle in the back...and i would peddle at normal speed....the chain would make a kind of clunk noise. Does this have something to do with chain length also? or maybe te rear cog needs replacing? Any tips on what these problems/adjustments might be or how to fix them would be great. And yes i know i will take it to a shop....i was just curious if these will be easy fixes? because i love this bike.

*i think transporting back home could have knocked some stuff out of adjustment not sure

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Old 08-09-09, 06:15 AM   #2
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Congrats on your 'new' ride and comfort level. may you continue to enjoy. If it is only shifting that is causeing problems, that should not be a major thing. If you have done anything with bikes before you may even be able to do some adjusting yourself.
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Old 08-09-09, 02:11 PM   #3
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Sounds minor. You probably just need the boom adjusted correctly for you and the chain then sized accordingly. Your shifters may also need a small adjustment. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 08-09-09, 02:37 PM   #4
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Welcome to the 'world'. You might want to consider having a complete tune up - not just the shifters/derailers. Then you can really be comfortable in taking it out and just enjoying the ride.
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Old 08-09-09, 06:26 PM   #5
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I just had tattoo removal laser treatment on my arms the other day...and i was not supposed to be in the sun...but even with that and the adjustments that need to be made..and tuned...I COULD NOT STOP RIDING. i felt like a little kid. I just did not want to peddle back home. I cant believe what its gona be like when its all tuned up and fits me like a glove
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Old 08-10-09, 05:17 PM   #6
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Sorry for the double. What does a tune up for a recumbent cost? and i have no idea what places would do it in the san jose ca area? i dont know if i feel comfortable having some random shop work on it....that doesnt have recumbent experience. Hey if theres someone on this forum in my area that works on bents id be willing to pay of course
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Old 08-10-09, 09:05 PM   #7
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I get mine worked on at The Bicycle Garage in Fremont. It's on Mowry Ave and Blacow. Take 880 to Mowry and go right off the freeway. Stay in the right lane and turn right at Blacow, and go right into the first driveway. The Bicycle Garage is the first store there. Fred has worked on just about every type of bike.


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Old 08-10-09, 09:34 PM   #8
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Hmm the bike doctor sounds great as i dont have a way to transport my bike right now....and i would really like to watch the work being done...which he says people are more than welcome to do on his website. Has anyone here heard good things about him? or bad lol?
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Old 08-11-09, 12:24 PM   #9
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You don't need to go to a bike shop. Time to learn how to do simple derailleur adjustments on your own. What would you do if you needed to make adjustments on the road or replace a derailleur cable that broke? Yes, I do carry a spare cable with me always.

There is an excellent website set up by the late Sheldon Brown where you can get very good instructions on how to do it. It is not rocket science. Anyone can learn how fairly quickly. Just google on his name and the website will come up at the top of the list. The only tool you need is a phillips head screwdriver. If you do need to change the boom length much from what the previous owner had it set for, you may need to add or remove a chain links to get the drive system to work right. You would need a chain pin remover tool to shorten or lengthen the chain. The work is exactly the same as you would do on a regular bike.
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Old 08-13-09, 06:27 PM   #10
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It took me 5 minutes in the LBS parking lot to realize DF bikes were over for me. I have never regretted the switch. bk
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Old 08-13-09, 07:29 PM   #11
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I have never worked on a bike before. So I would like to at least have 1 tune up by a professional first...so i can maybe watch a learn a few things. Then I will do some research and attend some bike kitchen type things. So id like to hear if anyone has any information on the bike doctor? and if his work is good?
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Old 08-16-09, 09:38 AM   #12
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If the previous owner changed the chain length you may have a stiff link. This happens sometimes when you don't use a master link (which I often do not). When you push the pin back in the junction becomes stiff and will pop going around the turn at the rings, cogs, etc. You can use a screw driver blade to loosen that joint. There are some chain tools that let you push the pin back in without compressing across the width of the chain, but many do not. Mine does not, so I use a screw driver to loosen afterwards.
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Old 08-16-09, 06:24 PM   #13
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thanks for the advice. How do I know which link is the one thats stiff and causing this? As it doesnt always happen. It seems to happen when i shift to a harder gear to early...and im peddling slow and really hard. Or should i just have my bike tuned up and mention this. It's in need of an overall tune up anyways.

edit: i cant tell if its the chain thats "clunking" or its skipping gears in the back on its own because it didnt quite shift to the gear all the way...which happens...cuz like i said it needs an overall tune up. I cant tell which one it is.
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Old 08-17-09, 08:26 AM   #14
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To find a stiff link, view the derailleur arm while the turn the pedals backwards. You may be able to spot the stiff link when it makes the tight turns through the arm. Otherwise, let the chain pass between your fingers or bend each joint back and forth.

If you are getting unwanted gear shifts you may need to align the derailleur arm's position. It may not be centered over a cog. Get behind the bike and look to see if the chain running from the arm to the gear cog goes straight in, i.e. the arm sprocket (whatever it is called) should be centered over the appropriate cog. There should/may be an adjustment to turn for this alignment, on the rear derailleur mechanism itself. First shift to gear 5 or the gear you ride in the most. Others may have better advice.

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