well you guys will be glad to know i took your advice and went to the LBS, not the one I bought it from because it was too far of a drive but another one down the street that helped me with my "how-do-i-inflate-presta-valve?!" confusion a few months ago and seemed friendly. and they fixed it in 2 seconds! it turned out not to be a sticky link - my cables needed to be tightened. all my gears work now, very happy! :)
If your bike's less than a year old? I'd take it back to the shop and let them help you. I've got a GREAT LBS and they have helped me with adjustments and degreasers and tire changes and innertube changes. They want to serve you - let them!
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Here's what I recently learned about chain replacement. You should replace it about every 1500 miles. I had 3000 miles on mine and I had to replace the chain and the cassette. I upgraded to something nicer and the shifting is great. A cycling buddy told me you will have to replace the cassette about every 3 or 4 chains.
hmm...before I replace my chain, how exactly are you supposed to wiggle the link free? right after I posted this one I read on a different forum a huge complicated description of how to wiggle it that made me realize whatever I did was probably wrong because it wasn't that complicated. but it was hard to visualize what they were talking about without a picture.
should i wiggle the chain in the same "plane" that it curls in naturally? or should I wiggle it perpendicular to that? and for how long should I wiggle it before I give up ... I really just bent it in a couple different directions a couple of times and that was all so maybe I didn't do enough.
any tips for unsticking a sticky link? I tried degreasing & relubing my chain, I tried wiggling it lengthwise and curlwise and side to side, no luck. I actually have 3 sticky links on my chain and can't stay in gear because of it, on a bike that's less than a year old.
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