Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Houston, Texas
Bikes: 2008 Specialized Allez Elite, 2007 Trek 7.3 FX, 2005 generic Schwinn Mountain Bike.
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Fixing up a rusty Mountain Bike for charity
Hey BF, long time no talk. I need some advice - I have an Schwinn mountain bike that probably has less than 500 miles riding on it. It is maybe five years old, but one of those years was spent on a covered porch with the rain and humidity. I am trying to fix this bike up to give it to a broke friend in need (I also am kinda broke) so money is a real issue here.
What do I need to do to fix it up? He only needs it for about 5 miles of riding a day, just to get to work, so it doesn't have to be pristine. The road is well-paved and flat and there are no turns.
The chain is completely rusted. I was planning on having to repair this, any cheap advice? I've never replaced one myself. Is there a chemical I could use to clean it up and would this be advisable? Other than that and tubes (assuming the shifters and cables still function) what else do I need to check to make sure this thing is marginally rideable?