Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Morrisville, NC
Bikes: Raleigh Mojave 4.0, Univega Via Carisma
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First Fixed/SS - Slipping, Chain Falling off, and already wrecked
I got my first fixed/ss bike this week - it's a Cutter Bones (http://www.realcyclist.com/cutter-bones-bike
) and has a 46/18 ratio with flip flop hub.
I took it out for a quick ride with the freewheel and it rode great. I then flipped the wheel around to try out the fixed gear. Getting started was a challenge but managed to get going and was digging it. every now and then it would slip when peddling and i knew something was up when the chain fell off the gears.
I stopped, remounted the chain, and took off again. Over the course of my 3 mile ride it happened maybe 4 times.
The last time was disastrous - I was riding down a big hill in my neighborhood and my feet came off the pedals, by time I caught myself the chain came off, wrapped around the crank arm, and the bike was fishtailing like crazy. Luckily the chain broke and wrapped around the hub before I wiped out.
So now, I've got a broken chain, a scraped up crank arm, and a scraped up chain stay.
Does anyone have any advice on how I can fix the slipping/chain falling off? Do I need to remove a link or something? A few of my links are bent on the broken chain, should I replace the whole thing or get some new links from the LBS?