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Old 07-15-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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Shift Pedal Stiffness?

Just wondering if anyone experienced similar problems. My bike was recently laid down on its left side, and I'm assuming the shift pedal got a good hit. It is now bent inwards toward the bike. I didn't think it would make too much of a impact on the bike's performance itself.

But I just got back from a ride, and it seems that shifting down gears has not been as smooth as before. When I'm slowing down to a complete stop, I would shift gears all the way down to 1st. When I'm doing this, the pedal is stiffer and requires more force to shift down a gear. Many times I found myself having to let the clutch out a bit to allow shifting down a gear. I never had a problem with the pedal like before. Anyone know what the problem is? Should I completely replace the pedal? Thanks guys.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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Look at the shift rod coming off the pedal, is it bent...or rubbing anywhere on the frame?
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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check freeplay on the adjustment rod matemike mentioned above; there should be a small amount of play. if its too tight or loose it may not engage the gears properly. make sure the clutch is adjusted properly, cable not trapped etc
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check freeplay on the adjustment rod matemike mentioned above; there should be a small amount of play. if its too tight or loose it may not engage the gears properly. make sure the clutch is adjusted properly, cable not trapped etc
I'm quite new to bikes.. so how exactly do I make sure the clutch is adjusted properly? how can i adjust it then?
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Look at the shift rod coming off the pedal, is it bent...or rubbing anywhere on the frame?
it's not rubbing anything. it's just bent.

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Old 07-15-2008, 06:19 PM   #6
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They are talking about the rod assembly behind the bent pedal. It should move back and forth when you shift. Is that part bent, binding, or rubbing?
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Old 07-15-2008, 06:22 PM   #7
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oh chit, u have a pivot arm...

if the pedal was bent, maybe the pivot itself was. Loosen up the bolt on the end that pivots the whole pedal just a little and see if it changes the way it feels.

if you need to, drill is out just a hair; its possible the pedal pivot bent a little w that drop. It would feel harder down shifting from a stop cause the rear wheel would be spinning like on an upshift situation.
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looks like the actual shift lever may bind with tha rod when you shift,they seem real close together
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