I need the help with my bike. When starting a bike (stopped position), I cannot move my pedals to the upright (power) position before starting. When I stopped in the traffic light, I need to move my bike to return my pedal to the upright position. I wanted to ask if it is normal for some bikes or there is a problem with the bike.

I suppose it is not fixie

I suppose it is not fixie. Correct me if I am wrong. Is it possible to get it changed?

  • what kind of brakes does the bike have? could you post a photo? As new user, you'll only be able to post a link, but someone else will be able to edit the question to embed it for you
    – Paul H
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 16:17
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    Normal for some bikes. Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 17:46
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    The picture shows the front brake. Please make a photo of the rear brake and the rear sprockets (chainwheels). Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 18:38
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    On any bike you should be able to pick up the rear wheel move the pedal forward and get the pedal where you would like it. On a bike with a freewheel you should be able to move the pedal backwards and get the pedal where you would like it. Assuming you have a freewheel what happens if you pedal backwards? Does the chain go slack? Does the bike move backwards? Other?
    – David D
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 19:10
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    Most likely, you have to pedal backward to get the pedals in your favourite position. If that is not possible, please post a picture of the rear wheel.
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 19:11

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Since you don't mention that you don't have a fixie where this wouldn't be possible anyway, if your bike's rear brake has a back-pedalling aka coaster brake, turning the crank backwards is indeed not possible. It is system-inherent.


More information about the above posts are needed, please. Looks like a coaster brake to me in the picture

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    That looks like a chain guard to me. Commented Nov 5, 2020 at 23:14
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    Welcome to Bicycles SE. We're looking for answers with more detail. Please consider editing, your answer to explain how the existence of a coaster break impacts the ability to return the pedal to an upright position after stopping. A short, one-line answer like this is likely to get downvoted, flagged for moderator intervention, and possibly deleted.
    – jimchristie
    Commented Nov 6, 2020 at 16:25

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