Noise from the front wheel, also brakes squeel
While I wait for my new bike, I am riding my wife's mountain bike. It's a Roadmaster (snobs need not comment). I have a couple of problems which I am hoping others can help with.
The front wheel starts making noises when I exceed leisurely pace. It seems to be coming from the center of the wheel. Could it be the bearings? I have sprayed a liberal amount of WD-40 and it seemed to be slightly better but has not gone away. The bike was unused for a couple of years. Any other recommendations besides replacing the whole wheel or taking the whole thing apart?
Also, I replaced the rear brake pads to eliminate another problem I was having. It sounded and still sounds like elephant in heat. I cleaned the rims with rubbing alcohol as well and it seems to be slightly better. The braking has dramatically improved. Someone suggested taking sand paper and apply lightly to the brake pads or adjusting it so the entire pad doesn't strike the rim at the same time. I have fiddled around with that but can't seem to get it to go away.
Thanks everyone in advance.