I have a Schwinn 21 speed ‘Woodland’ bike (which is more of a city/road/gravel bike than a woods bike). I got it used and a rear spoke is broke, the wheel is a bit out of true, but not too bad considering the spoke. It does look like it has a lot of wear and I do think the spoke broke from fatigue rather than impact. I feel that it would be better to replace the wheel than just the spoke (also the bearings don’t seem smooth). And from there I pause as I’m not sure what to get.
What I do know is tire size for the rear is 26x1.50 (front is 26x1.75 which I may want for the rear). It’s a thru axle mount (not quick release), and I believe it’s a freewheel, but not sure. It has cantilever brakes.
So what type of wheel do I need? I’m not looking for expensive, but cheap and serviceable.
So where do I go from here, liking to do it myself, so I’m really looking for the challenge and learn and not looking to the bike shop option. Actually I got this bike partly to learn from.
I would not mind getting a quick release however the family has some thru axle’s as it is so carrying a wrench is needed anyway so no biggie if it stays thru axle.
Also could I get a cassette hub instead of a freewheel hub? And would I even want to do that? Again I’m not totally sure I have a freewheel but it does look that way. Would the de-railer work with either? Should I replace the gear rings, again would by old de-railer work on new gears?