I recently let it be known around the neighborhood that I have a modest bike repair room in my house and would be happy to do some minor repairs, tune ups etc. for a small fee. Well, last week I got a call from a neighbor who asked if I would tune up a couple of bikes. I said 'sure' and they dropped them off later that day. They reported that they just needed a tune up (couple of brake pads rubbing), need to be cleaned and lubed etc.
Well you can't believe how much rust was on the chains, wheels caked with dirt and pitted from being left in a basement somewhere for a long while etc. I ran into the neighbor while I was working on the bikes and asked if he had ever heard of oil or grease. I said it in a joking manner and he laughed. Well, after $42.00 worth of parts and about 5 hours of work, the bikes are ready. I could have spent a lot more on parts but wanted to keep the cost down since they said they will only be riding them ocassionaly. I am not going to charge much for labor because I enjoy working on bikes, but am thinking in the future I will look at the condition of the bikes before I take on any more such jobs and give an estimate (which will be high if I don't want the job )
Bottom line, I am just disappointed, I guess, to see how people neglect such fine machines (in this case one was a Raleigh and the other a Giant).