The bike is a Trek 820 mtb with a freewheel. I noticed a clicking so I took the rear axle assembly apart. The bearings and race on one side are badly gouged - definitely ruined.
Would I be better off to buy a new wheel with a freehub instead of trying to fix this wheel?
I want to get the bike back in service ASAP.
I was thinking that if I did this, I could then buy just the middle/spindle/bearing housing - whatever you call it and rebuild the wheel at my leisure, as both a learning experience and so that I could then have the freewheel wheel to use as a spare. Perhaps to keep my studded tires mounted on it so I could change it out and use when it snows out.
Does this sound like a good plan? I'm open to suggestions.
Also - Any suggestions for the replacement wheel if I go that route? What all would I need to buy? Would I need a cassette also? The one on it now has 7 sprockets. I would like it to match up with the front.