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    Senior Member STEPHEN's Avatar
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    May 2008

    Banged my pedal, what's wrong with my bike?

    I recently got a Specialized Rock Hopper from craigslist that I use mostly to ride to work. I don't know much about mountain bikes (although I'd like to know more), so I'm hoping someone can help me out without me having to go to a bike shop.

    Today I took a turn wide and banged the front of my left pedal against a curb. It didn't seem to phase the bike much, but the next time I came to a stop, I felt an odd vibration in the pedals at slower speeds. It only seems to do it when I'm slowing down or speeding up but not when I'm going at a comfortable clip.

    It seems like it might be the tire rubbing, but I don't see how banging the pedal could affect the tire. Additionally, the front gear won't shift from the middle sprocket (where I had it when I hit the curb). I can turn the shifter and it moves, but when I get it all the way in one direction it just makes a lot of noise like it's trying to shift, but I can't move the shifter any further.

    Not a huge problem right now, but I'd like to use it for actual mountain biking when the weather warms up. It makes sense that hitting the pedal could affect the shifting mechanism, I'm just not sure how to fix it.

    Is there anything anyone can think of that I might be able to do to diagnose the problem or fix the problem, or should I just take it into the shop?

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    Senior Member edwardw's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    what you might have is an already existing problem and I would honestly say that your front derailleur is out of adjustment and even though there are vids on the net to learn from you would be better served taking the bike to a shop and have it diagnosed. Call first and ask them if they will give it a look over and tell you what is wrong and they should not charge you for this otherwise go to another shop! The online vids are very useful but not necessarily for the beginner trying to fix a bike. I cant imagine what you could have done by hitting the pedal on a curb especially on the non drive side...take it in and since you depend on this bike (a good one) get it professionally looked at, its hard for us to diagnose online..!

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