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Old 04-06-14, 03:02 PM   #1
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Road bike overhaul

I am new to the forum and see a lot of knowledge presented here. I have a 1981 Motobecane Grand Record and want to have a complete overhaul done. About how much should it cost to get this done?
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Old 04-06-14, 05:03 PM   #2
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Welcome to BF! A good local bike shop is where you can find out what the overhaul will cost. Not knowing what needs doing makes it impossible to ballpark cost for you. If you’re not a rabid vintage bike aficionado, you might want to ask your LBS if it’d be a more prudent use of your money to go with the overhaul or put the funds into a new bike. Depending on the condition of your Motobeacane, that call could go either way. Road bike technology is somewhat different today from what it was 30+ years ago. Good luck with whatever you end up doing.
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Old 04-06-14, 05:33 PM   #3
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You have a nice vintage bike, but a bike shop overhaul could be a bit pricey. I looked at one of the local shops here and a complete tear down to bare frame, new grease all around, new cables and housing along with adjustments is $220. That would not include a new set of tires and tubes which could easily add another $50 to $100+ to the total.

You might want to ask a similar question, with some pictures of the bike, in the Classic and Vintage forum. Lots of love for old lugged steel bikes over there and a lot of very knowledgeable folks.
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Old 04-06-14, 05:46 PM   #4
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You have a nice vintage bike, but a bike shop overhaul could be a bit pricey. I looked at one of the local shops here and a complete tear down to bare frame, new grease all around, new cables and housing along with adjustments is $220. That would not include a new set of tires and tubes which could easily add another $50 to $100+ to the total.

You might want to ask a similar question, with some pictures of the bike, in the Classic and Vintage forum. Lots of love for old lugged steel bikes over there and a lot of very knowledgeable folks.
Yup, your figures sound almost exactly correct. Figure $175 for a complete teardown/grease/reassemble. Figure $45 to $60 for new cables/housing/installation. And new tires.

You might want to check for chain stretch, cog and chainring wear as well. If this is a quality frame, the expense could be worth it.
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$200 sounds about right. That is a nice bike and well worth taking care of. One problem is that small parts for that bike may be hard or virtually impossible to come by. It is worth your while, if you are so inclined, to learn how to do it yourself.
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Old 04-06-14, 06:35 PM   #6
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I'm in the process of checking on prices, and if I could get a complete strip and clean with new cables and housings, wheel, bottom bracket and head set bearings serviced, wheels trued, new tires and tubes and handlebars taped for around $300, it would be worth it to me because I have owned it since it was new and it still rides nicely. it would also cost about $1400 to replace it with a new bike. I actually thought it would be a little more expensive than that. If it costs this much I will get it done and enjoy some long sweet rides this Summer.
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overhauling your bike is quite expensive if its done in a LBS, but doing it yourself will help a lot moneywise although it requires a lot of patience and quite a bit of a skill. I had a barn find that turned out to be my very own holy grail of vintage touring bike and did three weeks of patiently twisting & tuning. now, i'm loving it and cant wait for my first 100 miles dream ride with this bike. It had a bent fork and I replaced it with an old one with a caliper brake and stripped the paint to bare metal, primed, painted, put new decals & regreased all the bearings. turn out to be not bad at all and just giving it a new lease of life for my 1983 Trek 720 touring bike. hope this will help you!!
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One problem is that small parts for that bike may be hard or virtually impossible to come by. It is worth your while, if you are so inclined, to learn how to do it yourself.
+1. Or learn at least enough to be able to snipe at small parts when they occasionally appear in Bike Forums Marketplace, eBay, Amazon, Craigslist or whathaveyou. You might have the time and patience to wait and build up the parts bin. Your LBS may not have those parts readily at hand when the bike needs spares.

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