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Also, since you live in Pheonix, are your roads black asphalt? Are there cracks filled with tar? Were you riding in a tar strip when you felt the tackiness? Also, the temp may have been 93 but the the road could have been 120 degrees thus the rubber becoming tacky and soft and feeling like it was sticking.
On a positive not you should have been able to take a 90 degree turn at 30 mph without the bike slipping out from under you;-)
Thanks all :D
You received great advice, check out a good bike shop. They might offer classes in cleaning and simple repair.
It may not be your gears but the chain. Consider all moving parts or anything that is not tight or aligned in that drive train. The chain, a tight link, twist, just watch it slowly and see if a link jumps. Mark it with a magic marker and watch if it does it in the same place.
+1 on MAGELLAN's headset hypothesis.
I would also suggest you get the bikes down to a reputable bike shop and get them looked over, especially seeing as you don't have much bike maintenance experience. That may save you a lot of grief in the long run.
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I appreciate the help offered here everybody- thanks!
The Weather cooled down some and I haven't experienced that sensation since. Really strange.
Now I'm off to study how to fix my gears that like to pop every 4th peddle rotation :p
check if the headset is too tight. a too tight headset will make it feel tight and notchy. lift the front end of the bike up and see if the handlebars turn freely, you shouldnt feel resistance.
No knock found at fork and rim.
When break is engaged bike doesn't move and when disengaged it rolls free. No rattle with bounce and headset doesn't shake.
Anything else? And thanks for trying to help :)
From the description you have an issue with the front end of the bike.
Lets start with the wheel hub and bearings. Put your finger between the fork and outside of tire/rim. Try to move it in and out, if it has a knock you have either a loose bearing adjustment or quick release might be lose.
Moving up clamp on you front brake and move the bike back and forth. Is the break lose? Do you feel the headset shake? Also lightly bang the front wheel on the ground see if you hear a rattle.
Get back with the results and I'll see if I can give your more info.
My wife and I bought Walmart hybrid bikes seemingly manufactured by Schwinn. www.walmart.com/ip/Schwinn-Mens-Aven
I don't have the funds for a more expensive bike thus it has served me very well - until very recently. I was riding on a more hot day than it has been in awhile (93'ish degrees) out here in phoenix. I started to note a "tacky" feeling to the steering. I don't know how to explain this sensation other than that it felt like the tire was sticking to the road more, or partially deflated but it isn't. 65 psi is in range to my knowledge.
Also of note is an odd creaking sound I hear when I make larger turns or correct my path to the right.
The worst to report is that I am not well versed in the hardware of bicycles and really don't know where to begin. I don't hear it when I hold the frame up and turn the handles..
If anyone has thoughts or suggestions please feel free to share. I hope my descriptive abilities haven't muddied the issue too much :p
Edited by: MOOTWO at: 5/8/2010 (14:00)