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Bike brakes frozen. Brakes are clamped on to tires, attempts to move them using hand brakes unsuccessful. Front and back tires do not move. I was not riding the bike when this happened; discovered the problem when I went to go ride it.

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Y don't u loosen off the brake cables..then adjust them accordinly

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By "giving out" do you mean it feels like not all the power generated by your legs is getting to the rear wheel? This can be caused by a chain that need oiling, pedals that stick or don't turn easily, badly adjusted gear set (that doesn't have the chain riding in the middle of each gear, but off to one side or the other). Do you notice any chattering or scraping noises when you ride?
Also, make sure your seat is adjusted correctly. To get full power, you leg should be almost straight when you are sitting on the bike and the pedal is at the bottom of the stroke. If not, raise the seat until you can just touch the pavement when the bike is tilted (as at a stoplight). Also, make sure the tires are inflated correctly. Overly soft tires take more work to get to your destination.

Posted on Jul 07, 2009

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There may be some chain links that do not move freely. turn the pedal slowly backwards and check for siezed links, as it goes through the deraileur.

A worn chain can do this as well, unfortunately you usually have to change the chain and sprocket cluster as a pair. If you just put a new chain on a similar problem can occur.

Posted on May 03, 2010

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SOURCE: Bike has been stored in garage for a few years

Basically check the condition of the tires, if they look dry and cracked it is better to replace them, The gray tube that is sticking out is the inner tube which holds the air for the tire. If that looks good just fill it up with air to the recommended air pressure on the side of the tire and put some light oil on the chain and the bike will be road ready. If after a few days your tires lose air again, it would be better to replace the inner tubes.

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if you have the receipt and the bike is new target should take it back and exchange it for a new one if there is no damage and you received it from them like that and just didnt notice it till you got home? If this is some thing you did by mistake the chain should slide back into place if no other parts were removed and the chain guides are in place. here are some links that may help, some times it helps to view someone else.

Posted on May 04, 2011

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The tire's maximum load is hardly a testament to the frame's ability to bear weight.

Page 2: Rider's weight including luggage should not exceed 105 kg or 230 lbs.

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