Member22 November 2009 at 5:34 pm
recently i bought an old raleigh bike to get me more into mountain bike the bike had a new chain fitted when i try to pedal it feels like the chain is slippping a tooth (if you know what i mean) the gears do look fairly old but look in ok condition and arnt masivly worn down when i bought it the man told me that the chain was too long and you can see the chain tensioner/gear selecter is right back
the quesion is if i shorten the chain will that solve my problem?
i was also given a good second hand rear gears would it be worth fitting these and bining the orignnal ones?
can post pics of the bike parts if needed
and finally if i cant be botherd to spend some money on this and want to buy a new bike what wheel and frame size will i need (im 6ft 3 and inner leg of 32inch)
Member22 November 2009 at 5:55 pm
cant help you on your chain, but bike size is personal preference. the size guides are there as a guideline, but in all honesty your better off finding a bike you like and going to a bike shop and trying it out for size, I brought a brand new not so long ago, just to find I was selling it because the size didnt suit me,
Member22 November 2009 at 6:08 pm
you will prob find that it is slipping because the rear cassette teeth are worn and the chain isn’t engaging it properly. usually when you change chain you change cassette as well so drive train is new. a lot of people also change chain rings as well at this time but not always necessary. cassette is a cheap fix on ebay. does it slip all the time or when you seem to put some force into the pedal stroke. what speed is the bike as well as i will look for a cheap cassette for you and post a link.
i would have said as well you need to look at a 20″ frame as well at least. you are quite tall and leg size is quite long. my brother in law is 6.1 and he runs a 19″ and fits him well with an inside leg of 33″. 20/21 frame would be perfect for you but as said before you cant beat slinging your leg over a bike at the local shop to get a great idea what you like. its not just height that matters, some bikes are longer or shorter, some have longer or shorter stems, higher or lower degrees or rise on stems and bars. even wider bars so lots to consider before buying. if its one you’ve tried makes the whole thing simpler when searching the net for your dream machine.
Member22 November 2009 at 6:12 pm
Sounds like a worn chain, taking a few links out may help but more than likely it won’t. But, if you’ve got the tool it wouldn’t hurt to try, and if it sloves the problem then hey ho!!!
I’d buy a new chain, (cheap) and stick the newer gears on the back, if you’ve got the tools, and see how that goes.
It wouldn’t be that expensive to let a bike shop do it as long as you tell them that you want cheap stuff, if you haven’t got the tools.
Member22 November 2009 at 6:21 pm
cheers for the replys
i work in the local halfords so i will have plenty time at the end of the day to try bikes out
there is 3 gears at the front and 6 at the rear ]
i do have the chain tool i borrowed it from halfords for a few days
what tools so you need to remove the rear gears ?
i am going to look in to buying a compleate new set of gears, chain tyres and a rear wheel (used the bike for a while with out and brake material and have huge scores on the rear wheel)
Member22 November 2009 at 6:42 pm
allen keys for the mech and if changing the cassette a chain tool and a mech tool. worth investing in a bicycle maintenance kit if getting in to it mate. if work for halfords though get it done by the bike tech for free, perks of the job. then you can watch and learn, best of both worlds then.
Member22 November 2009 at 6:47 pm
this is the kind of tool kit you will need everything to see you right in here with free post aswell. google as may get cheaper else where.
Member22 November 2009 at 6:48 pm
right had a quick add up for all shiney new bits on the halfords website
list includes 26 inch wheel (i think thats the size i have but its dark so i cant findout) £27.99
2 26×195 inch tyres(?) 27.98
2x 1.5-2.1 innertubes 9.98
6 rear gears 15.99
all rapped up in the 15 % staff discount it comes to
77.28 insted of 90.92
does any one know if i could get these parts cheaper?
Member22 November 2009 at 6:53 pm
might help with your gears aswell.
Member22 November 2009 at 6:55 pm
innertubes £2 each at wilkos. tyres on ebay £10 each hardly used. gears and mech ebay cheap as chips. works out cheaper than halfords with staff discount. all depends if you want shiny and new or used but loved.
Member22 November 2009 at 7:00 pm
thank you for the links for the videos they will turn out to be very usefull
i think it will be ebay for the parts as i think i had better spend the money on my car insurance or the engine i am building
Member22 November 2009 at 7:13 pm
just had a quick look on ebay. there is a 6 speed mech for less than £10 new. shifters and cables are prob on there aswell. check out this seller as he has quality goods and i buy from him a lot.
also rear mech shimano.
Member22 November 2009 at 8:20 pm
cheers for the ebay link i will deff use that as everythng is very nicely priced i will hopefully have the bike sorted out by the end of next week as i start my new job tomorow (restoring jag etypes) as well as working at halfords 🙄
Member23 November 2009 at 8:03 pm
hi everyone i have just taken some pics and was wondering if you could tel me if you think the rear gers are worn out ot not
im sorry they are not very clear bit its the best i can do atm