My SLBS is having a sale now through March 15th on Tune Ups and Overhauls
According to them, the tune-up vs. an overhaul looks like this:
•Adjust derailleurs & cables
•Adjust brakes, pads, & cables
•Adjust hubs, true & tension spokes
•Adjust bottom bracket
Complete Overhaul $109.99 Labor plus parts
•Completely remove everything down to bare frame
•Everything above in the Tune-Up
•Replace all cables and pads with new
Just truing a wheel is $15-20 per wheel, which would seem to indicate that the Tune-Up is a good deal.
I should mention that my goal is to ride this bike for this "season" and then look at buying a new bike on end of year close out (I should be at a more reasonable weight by then so I can get a road bike). I'll probably sell the bike at the end of season, and I don't see myself getting back the Overhaul price + parts when I'm done with the bike. That would probably put me over $200 total into this bike, and you can get a brand new bike for $279 at the LBS anytime.
Which would you recommend and why? Remember this is a 13 year old Specialized mountain bike which seems to me to have little to no maintenance done on it over it's lifetime. Of course then again, I'm not sure what's original and what is not as quite a few of the parts don't match.
I'm really quite torn as to which way to go. I know either way I probably won't get all my money back when I sell the bike, but I'd like to get most of it back as either one is a value added operation.
The other option to consider I guess would be if I could buy the specific bike tools I would need and replacement parts for less than the cost of the overhaul and do it myself? I'm not afraid to rip into it, because I'm very mechanically versed, just not sure I could do it for less than what the LBS charges.
Sorry for rambling, but weighing my options is making my head hurt!