The LBS just gave me a $320 estimate for fixing up my old Schwinn Super Sport. I posted about this in the Road forum, asking whether I should just buy a new bike.
Several people suggested doing the maintenance myself. So I'd love some advice from you guys.
I'm moderately handy with tools, but I've only done very basic bike maintenance (changing tubes, and minor adjustments). I'm worried that this overhaul will be way over my head. Here's what they said needed to be done:
New rear wheel
New derailleur cables
Adjust both hand brakes
True front wheel
Overhaul front hub
Overhaul head & bottom bracket
Parts - $125
Labor - $180
I only have a small bike multi-tool and standard wrenches, pliers, etc. I'd need to buy (borrow?) some tools. I worry that getting the proper repair equipment will eat up the labor savings.
I'm all ears for advice. Thanks in advance!