Hey all, I'm completely new to the bike forums, as well as any sort of mechanical work, know-how etc.
I'm in Paris for the spring term, and instead of spending a fortune on metro tickets, I decided I would bike everywhere. I found out that bikes are incredible expensive here (cheapest one, used from the late 80s was 80 euros!)
As luck would have it, I found a bike in the dump, which seems to be broken. I'm not sure whether I should fix it up myself or take it to a mechanic.
From what I can tell, it needs a new back tire (or maybe tube?) and the front break cable is totally undone. The frame is in good shape, and the back break pad looks a little bent - but probably salvagable?
Both tires look worn but in "ok" shape - and the front tube holds air... I think
The chain is rusted but seems to work alright.
I think the bike is swiss - altha, or something like that.
Anyways - since I have literally no experience with bikes I was thinking maybe I should just take it to a mechanic and face the 60 euros it will cost in total (parts and labor). But I am somewhat adept with my hands and maybe I could do this? I know some people in Paris who have proper tools and they could lend me a hand.
Any advice is much appreciated!