While I was riding I went to stand and it felt like the chain busted or came off! I jumped off and turned the pedals by hand and they turned fine but any pressure at all and it slips... any ideas ?

I haven’t been on a bike for years, I managed to fix the disk brake caliper today (never even knew the were a thing until today) and I lost a brake pad so was fairly easy fix.

It’s a Schwinn dual extension.

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    Sounds like the freehub/wheel might be slipping
    – mattnz
    Feb 26, 2021 at 5:47
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    A video of the slip would be very useful. Feb 26, 2021 at 8:32
  • Aside - there doesn't seem to be a Schwinn model called a Dual Extension. That might be a decal/sticker of fancy words. Regardless - the brand and model is not too important here, so I removed the schwinn tag and substituted better ones.
    – Criggie
    Feb 26, 2021 at 9:37
  • If you put the brake on to give resistance and put force on the pedal, can you replicate the slippage? If so is the chain jumping on the gear (likely excessive wear) or is the freewheel slipping?
    – DavidW
    Feb 26, 2021 at 21:17

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Sounds like the freehub/freewheel is having problems engaging the pawls.

The freehub is the component in the middle of your rear wheel, and goes between the hub and the cassette. If your bike is older, the same task might be done by a freewheel which is integral with your cassette/cogs.

Note you can look up all these parts in the Terminology Index

Here's a great photo showing what pawls are inside the freehub/freewheel.
From https://bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/45643/freehub-why-are-the-pawls-on-the-inside-surface-not-the-outside/
As you pedal, the outside ring rotates clockwise, and the four little levers are caught, transmitting power to the middle part and driving the rear wheel around. When you stop pedalling, the outer ring stops, and the inner is driven by the ground via the wheel, and the click-click-click is the noise of the pawls tapping around the recesses.

In your case it sounds like the pawls are not fully engaging, and leg-power is enough to unseat them. Your options are

  1. Bounce the bike hard, or tap the axle with something solid like a rock or hammer - very temporary fix that may help you get home again.
  2. De-grease the inside of the mech by liberally soaking with degreaser. Sometimes the valleys can be gummed up by dried lubricant, and soaking it out helps. This is horribly messy, and will contaminate any brakes so remove the wheel from the bike, and the rotor from the hub first. Or you can remove the cassette and freehub or the freewheel from the rear wheel, with specialised tools.
  3. Disassembly - I've never had much luck with disassembling either freewheels or freehubs. There could be a hundred very small bearing balls inside there, and they never go back together right in my experience.
  4. Replacement
    1. A freewheel is cheap enough, just buy a new one with the same number of cogs and the same tooth counts. You'll need a new chain too.
    2. A cassette can be reused, but there are a lot more possible fitments for the freehub on the inside
    3. Third option can be to fit up a used replacement wheel, of the same size from a donor bike. A New wheel tends to be quite expensive, and is not economic.

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