Hello from Utah
What's going on all?
Long story short, I'm a 22 year old USU sophomore. I've been feeling the cycling ache for a while now (I haven't ridden a bike for a good six or eight years), and I discovered an interesting fact: My dad has a relatively nice mountain bike in the shed. I took it out earlier today to find it was in rather terrible shape--he hasn't ridden or maintained the bike for years. The chain's all rusted and, well, I'd describe more about it if I knew anything at all about bikes and bike maintenance.
Point being, I'm going to restore it and start riding it; it'll be my summer project. I've spent the last few hours doing research and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the vocabulary alone, not to mention the nightmare that fixing this beast up can become, apparently. However, I am determined to learn.
My first problem is that I'm not too sure what kind of bike this is. I know it's a Schwinn, and it has to be 4 or more years old. I was not able to find a model number anywhere, so here's a pic if you guys could help identify it (as well as a pic of the tools that were attached to it in a little bag); see below.
Now, aside from the obvious chain replacement and tire inflation, I'm wondering if you guys could give me a few tips on what to look for, where to begin, and what projects a supreme newbie can start on without having to pay the LBS to do it for me (although I'm certain I'll make quite a few trips down there in the next week or two), since my ultimate goal is to learn how to fix and maintain the bike myself.