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What could be wrong with my bike chain?

I AM NOT ASKING ABOUT A MOTORCYLE; JUST A REGULAR BIKE. I'm having problems with the chain on my bike. I'm thinking it's either really old (although I just bought the bike with the chain almost a year ago) or it's really bad. It's probably gone through a lot of dirt and rocks and stuff. The problem is that while I'm riding it down the side of the road, it will sort of get stuck on me (stop) and I won't be able to loosen it unless if I pedal back and then forward again. It's been happening for a while now.

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Have you oiled it? Sounds like it's got dirt or rust in it that's causing your problem. Used to happen to my bike, too. Usually oiling the chain takes care of it. Good luck!

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Lubrication bro! apply some oil! :)

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Your chain might have the bends.

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I believe that is happening because something on your bike is bent or out of alignment, or the frame, chain, front sprocket, etc. The only way to really fix this is to take it to a bike shop sorry!

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Hm... Should I give you a helpful vote? lol I've done everyone else so far.
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Pwease? I am very helpful. I just have a very broken phone that rarely works
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But you have so many!
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I'm not giving up this time. I must have a reason, other than your answer.
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Fine.
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So... What's your answer?
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*reason
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Because I gave you a good answer.
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Perhaps. But you have so many votes!
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Because I give good answers
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Perhaps. But is one vote really going to make a difference?
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It makes a difference to how polite you are.
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I'm very polite. I don't have to give a helpful vote to be polite.
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Well you are being rude to your "friend"
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How am I being rude?
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And what's with the quotes around the word friend?
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I don't mean to be rude. I just like to joke.
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Here...have a star on me...cuz your answer is helpful AND you are nice!
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Thanks truckerlady :D
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It's one of your links you probably hit something and bent one

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Well if you ride awhole lot it could just break

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Lubricating the chain is a good thing, but you may need to clean the chain first with a good bike degreaser. Check the chain links for damage. Also check the derailleur (the little gear moving thingy at the back wheel) and gear changer for problems. And as mentioned before, a bike shop will help. If the bike's old, check the brake function and brake pads so they are still working safely.

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buy a new one

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It's the lack of tension on the chain; adjust the rear wheel to increase the tension.

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A lot of times i know (if you have a mountain bike, hybrid bike, or road bike) the derailleur (gear changer) in the back could sometimes get caught in the spokes. Another problem could be the sprocket in the back getting caught by the little part inside the axle to let it roll backwards and catch on forwards could be malfunctioning.

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