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I have a diamondback serene citi; in the highest gear, it's still too easy to pedal. Any way to increase the tension?

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The "highest" gear would be the one where the chain is on the smallest cog of the back wheel and on the largest cog by the pedals. I mention this just in case you don't actually have it in the highest gear. But if you do, then no, other than dragging the brakes, you can't increase the pedal effort. (If this is one of the bikes that automatically shifts the gears for you, then yes it would be possible by changing the weight of the flywheel - but I recommend against it.) Many adult riders who haven't been riding much for some time experience this same desire, because they expect the pedal effort to be higher. I would guess that you are expecting to get some exercise. Biking is a good choice, but it takes time to warm up to it. Using a high pedal effort too soon will injure your knees and ankles. Better to take it easy, increase the time and distance and you find that you cadence (the rpm of your pedals) will naturally increase. Check what cadence you tend to find comfortable now. A healthy cadence is about 70 rpm. But you will probably find 40 rpm more comfortable at first. Good luck, stick with it. :) (By the way, most experienced riders find that those bikes the shift automatically actually give to high of a pedal effort - they tend to target a cadence of about 50 rpm.) I hope you found this helpful and encouraging. Al K

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Yeah, let air out of your tires. Tighten the brakes. Climb hills.

Seriously, I don't think you want more effort for a given pedal stroke but more distance for it. The only thing you could do mechanically to increase the high end would be to get a larger chainring or smaller rear cog(s).

http://bestcomfortbikes.blogspot.com/2011/04/diamondback-dscwscb.html

The 42 large chainring and 14 highest gear in back gives you 3-to-1 revs per stroke. I imiagine you don't really NEED the 34-end of the 14x34 cassette. An 11-tooth rear cog is commonly available so a new cassette with, say 11x26 (or less) might do it for you. They're cheap and easy to have installed. Many shops will take your low-use cassette in trade.

That would be just under 4-to-1 wheel rotations per pedal stroke. The crankset is 'compact' so it would accept a 50-tooth chainring. The jump down to the 32 would be to large so other things, perhaps the whole chainring set or maybe replacement with a double chainring 50x36. WAY more expensive.

The "women's" frame style limits how big a chainring this bike will handle because the front derailleur can only go so high.

If this bike is way too easy for you perhaps you should consider getting a better road bike and riding with the boyz in lycra.

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