Can I fix this bicycle problem myself or should I take it in?
April 6, 2014 2:51 PM Subscribe
A couple of weeks ago I bought a used Electra Cruiser bicycle and my gears slip sometimes. Is this something I could fix myself?
posted by jess to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total)
I bought my bike from a reputable used bike shop and it was supposedly "tuned" when I got it. However, second gear only works for a few seconds before slipping back into first, and in third gear I randomly lose all pedal power for about half a revolution, every 45 seconds or so. If I switch back to first and then into third again, the problem stops for a bit. It's just kinda annoying more than anything, and clearly something is not working right.
If it isn't obvious yet I'm new to the world of bike ownership, but I have tools and the internet -- does this sound like a problem I could fix myself? If so any advice about where to start? This bike is super sweet but I'd rather not pay to have someone look at it if I don't need to.