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I'm relatively new to bikes. I bought a used department store mountain bike for $60 three years ago, and it's served my fat ass faithfully since. However, numerous components are beginning to fail, including...
-- Front and rear brakes take 2 seconds to stop a wheel if I freespin it
-- The rear and front cassettes are all grimed up and worn down, some of the teeth are chipped or partially gone.
-- In the 2nd major gear of my 21-speed bike, the chain jumps, I think because the 2nd gear-wheel-cog-thing is so worn. Might also be that the chain is stretched.
-- The gear controls on the handlebars are all fucked up; I don't even know how to describe it
-- I'm pretty sure the front suspension is shot, but I'm not 100% sure
-- The crank is loose, causing my pedals to wobble slightly
-- Both wheels are somewhat out of true (the rear especially, which is missing a spoke)
A lot of these problems are because I didn't know shit about maintaining a bike, and now all those years of neglect are catching up. Now, an acquaintance of a friend of mine is helping me to pick out supplies and repair the bike. Hopefully, after this, I can maintain it on my own.
So, basically my question is, what kind of advice can you give a bike newb? What kind of tools should I buy, what kind of maintenance should I conduct, what kind of sites or lessons should I explore? I'm a uni student, so my budget is as-small-as-humanly-possible. I don't care about appearances, just functionality.
TLDR: tips for a wannabe self-sufficient biker
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Greetings, /n/. I got a Trek 820 when I was fourteen, and had been riding it for almost 10 years until it was stolen last week. At this point, I'm looking to get another bike in the $400-$600 range. My use case is weekday commuting across campus, but I like to go hit trails over the weekend, and so for that I've had my eye on full suspension bikes.
Is it crazy to think I can get a decent used full suspension bike with this budget? I know the guys at my local bike shop will try to sell me a $1200+ bike like they did to several of my riding buddies, and mostly say things like "you can't buy parts cheaper than this because they won't last" but frankly my old bike lasted me quite a while with how I ride it so I'm not sure if their advice is really relevant to me.
Is building a bike from individual components a reasonable way to approach things?
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Hey /n/, I got a Topeak JoeBlow Sport II floor pump recently. Occasionally it works fine, but more often than not, when I put it on the valve and start pumping, it says that the PSI is about twice what it actually is, I can't push the handle of the pump all the way down, and when I take it off, it comes off with force and makes a popping sort of noise and releases what looks like steam or smoke. It still works, but something is clearly wrong. I have Schraeder valves and am using the correct side of the pump. Is my pump defective or am I doing something wrong? It works fine sometimes, but I can't figure out what determines when it works correctly. Thanks.