I'm just getting back into cycling after a long hiatus. My bike is a little old and worn and its got some issues. The biggest one is the rear wheel.
My rear wheel spins, but it seems to be off center. When I look at the wheel spin the distance between it and the brakes varies. Also when I squeeze the brakes the break pads don't reach the wheel. How do I tell which part of the bike is messed up? Some thoughts I had:
- The wheel itself is bent. Possible since it was in accidents before.
- The wheel is attached to the bike at an angle. Possible since I did self repairs before and I'm not super experiences in bike repairs.
- The wheel isn't fully 'screwed in' (not sure what the proper term is) to the bike frame. Unlikely since it doesn't seem to wobble at all.
- The brakes are messed up and the closer-farther effect is just an optical illusion.
Also possibly relevant: 3 spokes on the wheel are broken.
How can I tell which of these possibilities is causing my issues, or if its a different issue? And if so, how do I fix it?