In my basement is a specialized hardrock that was given to me a couple of years ago. It is missing the front wheel and rear wheel (including rear derailleur, cogs, etc.).
I'd like to get this good bike back on the road. It is a classic style hardtail. My guess is it's about ten years old, but I couldn't say for sure. My other bike is an upright, sporty type bike that is geared a bit on the high side. I'd like to set the specialized up to be better on hills and my old knees and to be the bike that I don't mind getting dirty. I love the idea of the single speed but think it's probably not really what I want given the old knees and steep hills. Still simplicity is good, low maintenance is good. I was thinking something like a 9 speed? Speed is not an issue on this bike: no worries, no hurry. Good quality, durable components.
My attempts at researching this have left me a bit overwhelmed. I'm handy, but only slightly beyond beginner when it comes to bike mechaniching. I hope you folks can help me choose the components to get this critter rolling again.
Thanks for your help!