Hey all, I'm 23 and looking to pull my bike out of retirement and start up a morning cardio program. There's a really nice 22 mile paved bike path that starts near my apartment, and it'd be a shame to let that go to waste. I have a Trek 800, that since I got it maybe 8 years ago, saw about 700 miles of use.
Just married, having a new car on order, and saving for a house (and future kids), money is of course tightly budgeted. Saying I only have $50 to spend, where is it better placed... into a new set of slicks or a tune-up at my bike shop?
From what I understand, slicks would make a really nice difference from the original knobbies considering I'll be riding about 30min each morning on 100% paved road. My current tires are also the original tires from when I bought it. However, I don't think it's been tuned once since I had the bike (and the chain has some rust and the Shimano 'rapidfire' shifter is acting up a bit.)
I'd love to go out and get into a road bike, but good lord the cheapest beginner bikes are like $600+... and since I don't know anything about road bikes, it'd be scary to buy one used on my own.