I'll let this serve as my introduction as well since it is my first post. As a kid I was a huge biker, and now I've come to a new place where biking again is a good way to travel. I've been trying to get my old mountain bike back on the road. I've been searching things all over the web, and it seems like for the half the topics I inquire on, I get this forum. I figured I might as well join!
I have a low end mountain bike, a Schwinn Mesa from at least 7 years ago. It was the first non-department store bike I ever had. For the couple years I rode it, I was very rough on it. It was poorly taken care of, but it's in surprisingly okay shape. Since I'm in college and have little money, I'm trying to make it more suitable for the road to save on gas and such.
If I had lots of money to drop, I would probably get something like a road hybrid, something with maybe 1"-1.5" tires, a nice setup for comfort, and a just sturdy enough for a rough road or a needing to go through the dirt. Having a variety of gears is also nice, but I live in a flat place now, so mountain bike range isn't needed. I do love my straight handlebars though, and it would be tough to do much else.
So, I'm basically turning an old worn out mountain bike into a hybrid! It sounds like a fun project to me, if I can only come up with the cash for the parts I need.
These are the areas I could use some recommendation on...
My tires are definitely worn out and need replacing. I'd like to find a relatively cheap and narrower, perhaps 1.5" or less. I'm a big guy, so I need to keep some width. It seems so hard to find anything under $20, but then I found these forte bike tires for so cheap! I wonder if they're worth it.http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400013_400237
The rims don't seem too bad; the wobble in them is barely unnoticeable. Do you guys think that's worth doing anything about?
My front suspension is fairly locked up, which isn't that much of a problem with what I'm doing with the bike. Plus, it's really expensive to replace it. I took it apart to see the problem, and it was very, very clear. The springs and everything were coated with a collaboration of mud and grease. I cleaned the springs the best I could, but they still have lots of rust in them and work poorly. I'm not sure of any real way to fix them up any better. Also, what kind of grease do you put on these things? I had to take off the grease to take off the mud unfortunately. I suppose the worst suspension fork is still better than none at all.
The gears have rust spots on them, but work fine. They will need to be replaced one day, but it doesn't seem like they will fail me anytime soon. However, I'm unsure if I will need a new derailleur. It shifts, but it definitely doesn't stick on the right gear very well. It looks like it's ok though. It could also be that the bike is in drastic need of a tune up. The bike shop wants $65 dollars for that though, and I'm wondering if I can do it myself.
The front shock is a RST 281R. The rear derailleur is a SRAM 5.0.
I could use any recommendations, and I would definitely appreciate it. I would really love to get back into biking. I felt like I was a kid again the first time I got back on this bike.