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My bike feels at times feels like if im pressing the brake a bit when i ride even neutral at times it tends to be hard to push

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Stop using it and get your wheel bearings checked and tested for wobble NOW! If that isn't it, look in the chain/drive train.

I had a Renault I bought back in 1978 that would wear out one or another wheel bearing without reason about every 25K mi. The car would sometimes have more drag from friction whenever it rubbed the wrong way. Same thing regardless of engine use or coasting. I was having trouble diagnosing which one it was and I was driving (slowly) to the repair shop to let them figure it out when it failed. I had already replaced at least one before. Result: the disk rotor wobbled into the pads, shattered, locking the wheel in traffic at about 20 MPH. Not quite as bad as hitting the car in front of you. Glad I had three other wheels to keep me upright and was wearing seat and shoulder belts. I had to be towed the last mile to the repair shop (where I was going) and also replace the caliper, disk, pads, and one tire as well because of my procrastination. Never wait on safety.

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Check the brakes system it may be jamming.

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