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    How much will repairs cost?

    Could anyone educate me on approximately how much the repairs on this 1979 Raleigh might cost? Seller is asking $120, and says it needs adjustment, possibly new derailleur, and that the chain comes off at certain gear. Would like to understand just what I'm looking at before deciding if I should make an offer. Thank you!

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    If that's a Grand Prix, it probably would cost $175 +/- $25, plus tires, for a full overhaul and reconditioning. In that case, the bike is worth as is $25.00. That photo is horrible, but the bike looks rusty on the chainstays.
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    The key to buying a bike that needs work is to be able to do the work yourself. Take an old bike to your LBS, and the cost will shock you. Its not like shops overcharge either, they have overhead, taxes, labor to pay, and hopefully something left over for profit (in the last six years, about half the shops in my area have closed).

    An alternative on rehabbing a project is to find a local co-op. They typically have the tools and knowledgeable volunteers to assist you. A full rehab, not including dealing with rust, can take me four to six hours. On top of that, you have the cost of parts and consumables. Shops in my area charge $65 an hour, probably work faster than me (but they charge a lot more for parts), but do the math, it isn't cheap.

    Shops often advertise inexpensive tune ups. This assumes no new parts, and a somewhat cursory look at all systems. Adjust brakes, cables, derailleur limits. Not much else.
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    Thank you both - appreciate it!

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    Depending on where you live, you might get a shop to do a reasonable 'get it up and running' job for a bit less than the numbers above (my shop has done that for a couple people I knew who were in receipt of donated old beaters). And I have a soft spot for old Raleighs. But from what I can tell from that pic, that bike really just isn't worth it. Looks like it has some real rust issues and that's not the best year for Grand Prixs (assuming that's what it is). Keep looking and you'll find something worth the cost of fixing up.

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    Seller is asking about what bike is worth in ready to ride condition. It is not even close to that condition. Unless you have mechanical skills, pass. If you have mechanical skills, oddjob's assessment is in line.
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