Newbie chain problems, can't pedal :(

Discussion in 'Transmission / Drivetrain' started by zanygirl, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. zanygirl

    zanygirl New Member

    Just got my chain/sprocket installed this morning and much to my dismay, my bike is wicked hard to pedal! Seated on the bike I can turn the rear wheel to turn a little, but not enough to get moving. By hand, I cannot turn the pedals at all... Any ideas as to what might be going wrong here? I'm relatively new to moto-bikes, but have been working on bicycles for about 2 years now as well as some light repairs on cars. Thinking that A) chain is too tight (possible?) or B) something in crankcase is sticky/needs re-greasing. Open to any suggestions!


  2. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Are you pulling the clutch lever in?
    Or even have the clutch cable installed and working?
  3. zanygirl

    zanygirl New Member

    Working on installing the clutch cable. I'm guessing that pulling the lever in makes it easier for things to turn, yeah?
  4. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    the lever needs to be pulled in. it's like putting the engine in neutral
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  5. zanygirl

    zanygirl New Member

    Dinked around with clutch. Still not as easy to pedal as if the motor wasn't there, but seems to be working fine. Thanks for the help!
  6. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    Pedaling with the clutch lever out is turning the engine over making the piston
    have to overcome the compression in the motor.
    Letting the clutch out is how you start the motor but you have to pedal up to
    speed first.

    Us old guys who know how to drive a stick shift with a clutch or a motorcycle
    forget that there are new drivers that only have driven automatics.

    Yes, it is going to be harder to pedal because you are driving another chain.
    That extra friction can be reduced by removing the tensioner, having the clutch
    properly adjusted, etc.
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  7. zanygirl

    zanygirl New Member

    There is certainly something to be said for learning a stick.

    Got the bike up and running. Going for a test run tomorrow. Thanks again for all the info