I put off buying new parts for as long as possible, but I had to break down and get some today because my bike has become impossible to ride. My chain is skipping all the time, I try to take it real slow when I first start pedalling, but even doing that, my chain skips badly sometimes. A car nearly ran me over today when I was trying to cross the road and my chain gave out. That's when I knew I had to get that fucking thing fixed!
So I picked up a new back wheel [the one mentioned above], a new sprocket [9 speed], a new chain [a good one, hopefully last longer than the cheap POS I got last time] and a chainring. [34 tooth] Now I just have to install it all, but I think I'll wait until Thursday as tomorrow its supposed to snow. Thursday will be 7°. [mudfest no doubt]
Total damage: ~$300.00