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In regards to the bike that you mentioned, if you had the same work done at the bike shop that I managed, you would have been given the follow estimate, 20$ per tire, 4$ per tube, 3$ per cable, 20$ for the chain, 8$ for the brake pads 50$ for the tune up, 10$ to change over the tires, and 10$ to change the chain. We would have charged a 10$ cleaning fee also. An estimate at my shop would have been 170$ before tax. Unless they were going to do some major overhaul work to the headset, bottom bracket and hubs, I think they are trying to take you for a ride, and not the kind that we like :

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Goon Koch (not verified)

"Again, I would strongly caution against casting aspersions on this shop without having _seen_ the bike.

Remember that it was ""dug out of"" a garage.

Will you stake your, and your shop's, reputation on replacing tires, cables, chain, tubes and handing it back to the customer to ride? Remember also that it probably has a Sturmey-Archer internal gear hub. These are generally pretty reliable units when in regular service, but they can be finicky if neglected. Will you guarantee its function after a $170 overhaul?

Is the Brooks saddle, that is probably on there, still servicable, or is its leather dried and cracked?

A request was made to recommend shops. This may not be of use to you, but one authority I know from personal experience is Mike McGettigan, at Trophy Bikes in Philadelphia, who hosts the annual British Bike Weekend. I attended the latter event and can vouch for Mike's expertise, dedication and integrity."

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Mordecai Silver (not verified)
Sturmey Archer hub & Brooks saddle

The original poster said that the bike is a ten-speed. Then it wouldn't have a S.A. hub. I'd think that it would have a Huret or Suntour derailleur. And the Brooks saddle would probably be a vinyl model, no problem with dried and cracked leather. The leather B-15 would have been used on the Sprite in the '60's, not during the bike boom.

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Evan Marks (not verified)
Restoration is frighteningly expensive

Parts may be scarce or even non-existent - when they are available the price often bears no relation whatsoever to what the item is actually worth based on function. Take a look at this item on cyclingnews.com concerning an eBay auction of a 40-year-old *unused* rear derailer (halfway down the page), and be sure to click on the link to the auction itself:


(Make sure you're sitting down when you read this!)

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"Chainwheel" (not verified)
Golden Chain?

"$20 for a 5-speed chain, and another $10 to install it?


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Wrenchie (not verified)
"""Restore it"" to the garage again!"

Honestly, it's a low-end Raleigh. Gaspipe frame with cheap steel parts.

Now if you just want something retro-looking to tinker up and down the bike path it's fine.

If you did the work yourself, snagging parts from the mail order blow-out bins, the job could be done for well under $100. But to pay pro mechanics to make it roadworthy again probably ain't worth it, unless there's some sentimental factor that'd justify it for you.

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