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Chain lately it feels like the chain is slipping. When i start out in first the bike will go but then slip and catch. It does that throughout my speeding up. I've been looking for manuals for it but am unable to find any. If anyone knows the specs for tightening the bike chain or any info on where to find a repair manual for my bike would be greatly appreciated.

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Go to any reputable shop/mechanic; you probably need a new chain and/or sprocket...OR Possibly just a chain adjustment. Don't wait around, do it asap, I wouldn' t play with this particular problem.

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