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I tightened my chain by pulling my bike tire back and tightening the bolts and now every-time i pedal it either gets extremely loose or extremely tight depending on the angle of the crank pedals i dont know what else to do

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Does your bike have a derailuer? (gears) If so, check that the chain is running though it correctly. Also check that your wheel is aligned correctly, you can check this by simply lifting the rear wheel off the ground and spinning it. If the wheel rubs on your frame, then simply loosening the bolts and tightening them up when the wheel is straight should fix the problem.
Cheers.

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