so i figured it would be a great idea to take my bike apart this weekend and clean it and put it back together.
i then say to myself very proudly, im a computer technician, i take stuff apart ALL THE TIME and more often than not put it back together, ive taken my camera lenses apart when needed and they still work, various electronic devices and the ilk, a bike, CANT BE THAT BAD.....
so i go, i remove the wheels, a friend showed me how to put a tube and tire on properly, so i do, front and back, then i see that horrible disgusting chain that hasnt been cleaned since the bike was built, in 78'
i learn how to break the chain, remove it from the gears, clean it all up, same goes for the front gears and derailler and back. i then look proudly at all the clean shiny metal and think, damn thats a good job.
manage to get the chain back together, with slight problems, the chain pin ended up bending out the side of the link, and after fighting with it for about 15 minutes, its mostly together ( i didnt take a picture of the link in question, but i will when i get home.
but the main concern is that the chain isnt on properly. i asked my father (who knows more about bikes than I, not by much at this point i gather) and he says i did it wrong and to do it this way (another incorrect method). so the chain is on, but doesnt crank properly, there is extra slack at the bottom and things are VERY stiff, i guess i might have overtightened things.
attached is a photo, i want to avoid taking it into my LBS because i dont have the 80 bucks for a tune up, going to go to an open workshop on thursday, id love to ride before then, but its not in my financial means.
Thanks all in advance for whatever help you can provide.