I'm new here and not hard a core biker, so please excuse my lack of technical knowlege...
My dad bought a new Muddy Fox Explorer years ago, think it was around '88... anyway, I always used it as a kid (even with his mudguards and home strung rear rack!), was/is a great bike. I've had it the last few years and got it back on the road after years of neglect/storage
Oh and got rid of the rack/grandpa spring seat he used on it! Still a tatty but great bike.
I love and know the bike so well, but time has taken it's toll on me and the bike! I don't ride much, certainly not off road like I used to - the bottom bracket had to be replaced recently and it seems the old oval front sprockets' teeth (O rings?) are worn out, any pressure up a hill and the chain comes off on the front on inner and middle (hoped the bracket replacement was all that was needed to fix that). So looks like I have to get circular full drive set/chain/rear cogs. The bike's in the shop now but I've got a week to make my mind up whether to get the work done or keep it as is and store away for more years/sell it. (they're spot on in the shop btw and I'll be keeping original parts if work done).
I love the oval/original way it was/is, so am worried I'm not gonna like the "new" bike. So please can anyone tell me if you can still get the original ovals nowadays or if I'm not doing the right thing here by replacing any bits? I'd like to keep riding it but maybe it's worth more if I didn't piss about with it?
Any thoughts/advice gratefully received,