Fix or Buy New? Advice sought!
Noob here, 1st post, please be gentle. Alright, I own 2 bikes, a Fisher Marlin hardtail for fun on the trails, and a Fisher Napa (new in '03 $440) "hybrid/comfort" for tooling down the boardwalk. The Napa took a "fall", OK I had to throw it over a 10 ft fence, don't ask, it's still not funny. Anyhoo, $273 is the shop estimate to make the bike right and I'm having a tough time coughing up that $$$ when I could buy a new Trek Navigator 3.0 for an additional 2+ bills. I am not going to become "bicycle repairman" (think Python) in my spare time (what is spare time anyways? I need to get me some!). I can fix dishwashers and PCs but am inept even tweaking basic brakes on my bikes. So for $273 the shop will replace the handlebars (needed), new cable housing, new chain, new cassette, new rear tire, true rear wheel, "bike shop" clean the bike & other packaged maintenance included in their "standard $134 maintenance package" (which I'm told covers some of the labor to do the installation of some of the parts mentioned earlier). The $274 doesn't include a new shifter which works fine but was cosmetically damaged in the freefall, so I imagine if I wanted to erase all memory of the idiotic fence tossing I'd have to cough up even more $$$ to replace the shifter, and then it won't likely match with the other side, so it's likely total costs would end up over $320.
So, do I trade the old bike in (what's it worth?) and buy a new bike?
Or, do I sink the money into a 6 year old bike?