Hello, I bought my bike from a friend in the late 90's, and he told me it did have a problem with the shifter. Since I'm not into intense mountain biking I didn't care. I just like to go on rides.
Anyway, I'm laid off and am using my bike to get to odd jobs. My chain broke the other day - I took it to a local bike shop and they fixed it. But they mentioned that it needs a lot of work: drive chain, derailleur, cassette, and of course shifters. Got an estimate of $150 but they told me to bring it back to get a more in-depth inspection\quote. Today's estimate was $250-270. I'm laid-off - can't swing that. So, I want to do the work myself.
1st question: How can I get info about the parts that are on my bike, or do I not need to be that specific?
Next question: Any suggestions on books, on-line guides, or other sources that would be a great source of info on the more difficult repairs\replacements?
Last question: I don't even know all the names of the parts - any guides\lists for that?