newbie with Trek 820
Hi, this is my first post on these forums. I'll start right off by saying I'm about as casual of a bicyclist as they come. I can fill the tires with air, ride the thing, and that's all about I know so far (let's change that!)
I've got a Trek 820 18" from 2001. I'm looking to get a little more into biking, going to the local park trails and such so I need to learn up on maintenance and other details.
For one thing, I wanted to try removing the wheels to see how easy it was to transport the bike in my car. After messing with the front wheel I ended up with this issue:
Help with front wheel off and on, Trek 820
Haven't even tried the rear wheel. Not sure what will happen to the gears on there if I do.
I don't believe that the chain or gears have ever received a drop of oil. I'm not sure if there's good or bad brand names, or if any old lubricant works for this - recommendations?
I've been reading here and people seem to upgrade these bikes a lot with better doodads and accessories. All I was originally thinking was to get one of them water bottle holders (where can I get one of those...), but now I'm wondering if I should worry about better brake pads or anything else.
Is there anything else I should concern myself with in the maintenance and use of this bike? I'll admit I've used it so little that except for a bit of dirt it looks brand new.
Any tips or help are greatly appreciated, seeing as no matter what I'll be learning something