My sister & niece went for a bike ride yesterday. Looked at my sister's Panasonic later on and was shocked/horrified/dismayed at the condition. I remember when it was brand new. I have it now, and have 2 evenings to properly clean, polish, lubricate, adjust, replace cables and pads b4 returning it to her for her birthday wednesday.
Look at the pictures at your own peril; they're not pretty:
I can't believe she was riding this thing with the cables rusted black, the brake pads hard, cheese.
I'll stop by the LBS later for cables, black sheathing, black cloth bar tape, and salmon koolstops. At least it will be safe for the slow riding on paved bike paths she likes.