Was riding my beater a couple weeks ago. Was at a standstill, and then went to startup with some reasonable force on the pedal and - SNAP - and suddenly the crank is spinning forward freely. The ratcheting mechanism in/on the hub broke. Took the cassette off today to confirm. It's an old old hub, that was laced onto a decent rim but that too is probably 8 years old now.
The bike is an old Trek rigid MTB - one that came with a VW Jetta way back around 1994/96 timeframe. Bought it from my buddy, used it on the roads and trails for years. Had to replace the fork last year and built it back up as sort of a flat bar cruiser 1x7 to ride around with the kids.
What's my best option to get this thing rolling again? Can I get a reasonably cheap hub and have it laced up (I prob wont' do this myself). Or am I better off just getting a whole new wheel? Again, this is a beater, so not looking to spend big $.