Bicycle chain skips when going up hill or under pressure. What can I do to fix it What is wrong?

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  1. Dexter49

    Dexter49 New Member

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    Bicycle chain skips when going up hill or under pressure. What can I do to fix it What is wrong?
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    Either chain, or sprocket(s) or chainwheel is worn. (Almost) The only cure is replacement. Start with chain, as it's usually the cheapest part. If problem remains, or if new chain is a visibly poor fit on old sprocket(s), replace sprocket(s) too. If problem still remains, replace chainring(s) /crankset. ( some sprockets/chainrings can be flipped over and run in "reverse". Since wear is on one side, this will get you some more use out of them.)
     
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    I have also seen this happen when the cable tension was mis-adjusted on the shifter.
     
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    dabac Well-Known Member

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    That's the trouble with a word like "skips", it allows for some interpretation. Skips-as-in-trying-to-shift can indeed be poor adjustment, or a flexy/damaged frame under a strong rider. Skip-w/o-shift is another thing entirely.
     
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