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Help me fix a kid's bike

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Write-brained, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. The chain keeps coming off my daughter's tiny Dora the Explorer bicycle every couple of days.

    I can fix it, but it requires me to take off the training wheels, take off the plastic guard, wrestle with the chain for five minutes, put on the plastic guard and put on the training wheels.

    Anyone know how to keep the damn thing on? I've tried pulling back the back wheel to tighten the slack, but the chain jumped right back off.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    sorry, write. i'm a puss when it comes to this. mrs. petty fixes the heartbreakers' bikes.
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Yellow Pages.
    Bike Repair.
    They'll do it better than you can.
  4. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Can you slide the rear tire back and tighten the chain?
  5. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Is the gear stripped anywhere?
  6. I did, but it came right off when she started peddling. Is there a way to know how much to slide it back?
  7. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Dude, seriously. If you have to come on here for help on this *** go to a bike shop. That's your kid riding that thing.
  8. As long as the front wheel and handlebars are tight and the training wheels are on, she's fine.

    I've been fixing my own bike since I was 11. My own skateboards, too. This is the first time I've ever had a chain not stay on. It's probably because it's a cheap bike. Most little kid bikes are.

    I'll probably buy her another $75 bike before I spend $25-$50 getting this one fixed.
  9. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    If it WON'T stay on, no matter what you do, there may be something wrong with the sprocket.
  10. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Now's the time on sprockets when we dance!

    It almost sounds like it's bent or not in alignment. My oldest daughter's bike is a piece of crap compared to what I had when I was little. Hard as hell to adjust too.
  11. Yep, I think it's bent a bit.

    She wrecked it a few weeks ago at the park - the first time the chain came off - and it hasn't been the same since. We'll probably just get a new bike. I can't imagine replacing a new sprocket would be worth it.
  12. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    The key to fixing things right is not letting her use it after you fix it. It will stay in tip-top shape if you follow this simple rule. ;)
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