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My old trike pedals but won't move anymore

Old 05-21-18, 02:05 PM
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My old trike pedals but won't move anymore

I started noticing it happening shortly after I bought it at a yard sale 2 months ago. Now and then when I would pedal it I would feel it push as if it were slipping and not gripping on anything. The other day while I was riding it home from the store it finally gave out completely and thus began the walk home with a broken bike. So basically I pedal and nothing happens. The chain is fine and not off of anything. My guess is it's something in between the crank area but I don't know anything about bike mechanics so I'm hoping someone here can enlighten me on what may have happened and what I can do to fix it? I tried posting a pic of the bike under manage attachments but it says I have to have 10 posts to post URLs? I'm not posting a URL. I was just trying to upload a picture of the bike as I have did before in another post I made here with no problems.

Edit: The title is wrong. I meant to put "won't move the bike anymore" The pedals still move just nothing happens but the chain moving when I do.
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Old 05-21-18, 02:33 PM
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Bike shop time.
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Old 05-21-18, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by AnkleWork View Post
Bike shop time.
We don't have one local enough around here to take it to. If it isn't something I can fix on my own then I won't worry about it.
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Old 05-21-18, 02:38 PM
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What kind of trike and drive train?
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Old 05-21-18, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by davidad View Post
What kind of trike and drive train?
Its a very old Robin Hood trike. I don't know what kind of drive train it has but I can post a picture if the forums would let me attach one but it keeps thinking I'm posting a URL instead of uploading an attachment which it says I need 10 posts before I can do even though I was able to upload pictures of it in another thread.
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Old 05-21-18, 03:29 PM
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I'll go take a picture of the drive train and post it here.
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Old 05-21-18, 03:35 PM
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Old 05-21-18, 03:39 PM
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Is the trike a 3 speeds ? if it a 3 speeds it might be it need a cable adjustment anyway sounds like there a problem within the hub . The hub would be the can looking thing with a short chain running between it and the rear axal . You need a mechanic in your area to look at it .
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Old 05-21-18, 03:46 PM
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bikeman 18 , where do you live ? , if you give your location , then maybe someone in your area can help you out . from looking at your photos it does look like a 3 speeds . as I stated before it be a simple cable adjustment , or the hub need to be oil , or something could be broken inside of it . Would not know without looking at it .
Maybe this info will help you , http://sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html

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Old 05-21-18, 03:54 PM
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Its a 3 speed. It really feels like something at the front in the middle of the pedals.
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Old 05-21-18, 04:03 PM
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I drought the problem is in your bottom bracket , if anything there then the cups would need to be adjusted or overhaul . Since you stated the pedals move but nothing else does that would tell me the problem is in your rear hub .
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OK, when you turn the crank does the chain move normally?

If yes, the problem is in the rear hub and associated parts.
If no, the problem is with the crank and associated parts.

That trike probably has two freewheels and your problem is probably in at least one of them. It looks like the whole drivetrain needs a good cleaning.

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Old 05-21-18, 05:03 PM
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If you had posted this in the English 3 speed like I suggested earlier in your other thread, you would have much better advice.

For the love of English 3 speeds...
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
If you had posted this in the English 3 speed like I suggested earlier in your other thread, you would have much better advice.

For the love of English 3 speeds...
This looked like the right forum for posting about bike problems so I just posted it here. Anyway, it seems like more trouble to repair it when its probably best to just replace all the old stuff on it. Everything on it looks original to me and the bike looks 50 years old at least. As I said in my other thread my mom likes it more than me and I'd rather just buy a brand new one than have to deal with any repairs. I'll probably just give it to her and let my step dad fix it for her.
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Old 05-21-18, 06:36 PM
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. . . it seems like more trouble to repair it when its probably best to just replace all the old stuff on it. . .
Really? How much trouble will it be to repair? Repair just what, exactly?
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It is most likely the cable is hanging up. They can get stuck in between gears when that happens and the pedals spin. Clean it and lubricate and work the shifter through the gears. I have one i have to occasionally kind of snap the cable to get it out of that condition. If it still does it, then the internal paws, little metal teeth that make the bike drive the wheels, are either stuck or snapped off internally. Clean and oil, and adjust shifter cable is probably all it needs.
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Old 05-22-18, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bikeman715 View Post
Is the trike a 3 speeds ? if it a 3 speeds it might be it need a cable adjustment anyway sounds like there a problem within the hub . The hub would be the can looking thing with a short chain running between it and the rear axal . You need a mechanic in your area to look at it .
Cable adjustment. That would be my bet too.

If so, that's not a big deal to fix (literally 5 minutes) but I don't know how to describe what to look for over the internet.

You need to buy the big bottle of Go-Jo hand cleaner before you start messing around with that chain. YUCK!
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Since just guessing, I would first look at that slave cog on the rear axle. Could just have a loose set screw or busted shear pin. Just turn the crank and watch the entire drive train. Something is going to be turning that should not be turning with the trike stationary. The first thing that is not turning with the crank is where to zero in. If Stepdad can help, more the better. Your Mom will appreciate.
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First pedal the bike and watch everything in the rear and see whats turning or not, if all the chains are moving I would check the rear sprocket that is on the axle, if only the main chain is turning and the secondary chain ( one going to the axle ) is not it is a hub problem. I don't like the way your chains look, very, and I do mean very dirty and looks like the lube turned to tar, this could also be a problem for the hubs and if it has one the freewheel, if the lube in the hub is like this I would have to take apart and clean that crap out of there. If the rest of the bike is in good shape fix it, the newer cheap trikes aren't built as good as the old ones, they might just look better because they are new lol.

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I concur with checking the shift cable adjustment before digging any deeper. How to set the adjustment depends on what type of hub you have, Sturmey-Archer, Shimano, Torpedo, etc.
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Originally Posted by bikeman18 View Post

might not have it fully in gear ? there was a tendency for the hub to go into a not in 1st or 2nd, so not engaged at all
that a Redesign by S-A solved just before they went insolvent and were bought out..

You can buy a new hub from the resurgent company ,
they fit the 2nd cog on the right hub flange where yours has it outboard of the left one..
maybe reassemble your rear to drive the right wheel rather than the left?


Or find an S-A 3 speed coaster brake core @ like SJS cycles in UK , and just replace the internals




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