Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Edina, MN
Bikes: In 1963 my sister taught me to ride on her girl’s frame (no wonder I shave my legs) Schwinn it was blue and it weighted a billion pounds. – Gone, 2nd bike - a Schwinn Colligate (Gold) 5 speed – Traded in, 3rd bike – 1971 Schwinn Continental (Maro
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Not to take the wind out of your sails but at the cost of that bike and it's components, it is just about a disposable bike. They retailed for less than $200 and can be found on the web for $100-150. The repairable of that price bike is very low.
The best thing you can do is go to a bike shop and talk with them. You most likely can get a cheap Kick stand from them for very little money, but if the gears are shot even that could be a waste of money.
As far as gears are concerned there are too many possibilities that could be wrong to list here, and any advice given here would just be speculation without a lot more info. It could be a turn of a screw driver to adjust something or total replacement.
You might want to pick a bike repair book (at the library or book store if you are going to ride a lot) and read it to see what might be wrong, and how to get the most out of your equipment.
The cost of a new drive components and labor to fix it could be more than the cost of the bike if you can't do it yourself. If you go to a Independent Bike Dealer they can assess what is wrong and help you determine if fixing it is cost effective or moving to a newer bike.
I hope this helps,