The Improbable Bulk
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA
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For a 25 year old bike, I would check the tires for any cracking, replace the brake pads (they are probably hard by now), lube it and ride.
I can tell you that I have ridden bikes that were in worse condition than that one appears to be...
Unless the chain is stiff, I would drip some lubricant on the links and ride it. Surface rust on a chain doesn't look nice, but it doesn't impact functionality.
For the cassette (or possibly freewheel) surface rust isn't an issue, as long as the ratcheting mechanism etc is good.
If there is no obvious corrosion on the cables, I would apply a drop of lube in a few key locations as well.
I don't know anything about that particular model of bike, but it looks like one worth riding.
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