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Pedal turns not the wheels. the chain is turning too but its simply empty!

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  • mericanmelic Jul 18, 2009

    very helpful advice. no choice but to the shop i go. thanks.


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Sounds like your freewheel or freehub body has gone bad. This happens on very basic bikes and when your have very high miles. The freewheel is an inexpensive fix however, the freehub body requires overhualing the rear hub and can be rather expensive. Either way you have to have special tools to fix this problem so you will better serviced to take the bike into your local bike shop for an estimate.

I hope this helps. Thank you

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