|Time for a wash!|
|Something seems to be missing...|
I let the bike start to dry off, and turned my attention to the wheels. I hadn't really taken much time to review the tubes that were in the bike, as I had thought there was one missing, and the condition of the bike would mean more than likely the other one would have a hole or two. To my surprise both tubes seemed to be holding a small amount of air, but since I bought new tubes I didn't spend a lot of time evaluating the tubes the bike already had. The rims themselves definitely needed a cleaning. They had a few cobwebs in them, and the cassette definitely needed to be cleaned. Again I found some surface rust, but overall things looked to be in okay shape.
|Just add air (and maybe tubes + tire?)|
For a test ride I decided that some good old fashioned duct tape would suffice on the seat, at least until I could source a decent replacement. My youngest had a blast helping me cover the seat up and inflating the tires. At this point things were definitely looking good for a quick test ride.
|it's not pretty, but at least it's waterproof.|
|Purchase of the bike:||$20|
|New rim tape:||$ 4|
So far my expected costs are looking pretty good. We're still well under the $100 total for the bike, and it's now to the point where we can make decisions based on upgrades instead of repairs. I'll have to evaluate the rear axle and see if it truly is a bent axle or if it's something as simple as some grease so it turns freely.