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Trek 1500 W/ Shimano 600- What Modifications Should Make?

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Trek 1500 W/ Shimano 600- What Modifications Should Make?

I recently traded a mountain bike for this 1989 ish Trek 1500 with full shimano 600 (I hear that's a good thing). Previous and only owner said it had about 5,000 miles on it. It has been sitting for a few years, but has gatorskin tires that are in great shape. I took it on a 10 mile ride, and it is not shifting properly, and it feels heavy to steer (previous owner reinstalled headset just before I bought the bike). I had a tube replaced at the bike shop, so between that and what I spent on the bike I traded I'm $70 in it. I want to make this bike a nice daily rider, but I don't plan to keep it forever. What upgrades/updates should I have done on it? Should I get a basic tuneup($65) or total overhaul ($200)? I would like to have no more than $350 in it when it's all done.
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I would replace the basic consumables, cables, bartape, brake pads and likely chain/freehwee since it's not shifting good grease everything including headset then just ride it. These are great bikes and nice riders but really only worth $250-300 in very good ready to ride condition. So I wouldn't spend more than $100-150 on it.
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The problems could be as simple as an adjustment to the headset and rear derailleur. If you're mechanically inclined, I'd suggest reading up on bicycle maintenance, especially your problem areas. Then take the bicycle to a local co-op and have them supervise your attempt to fix the bicycle. If you enjoy the experience, invest the money into tools, so you can do things yourself.
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Since a shop installed a new tube, im guessing you are t interested in doing the work yourself.

If you get a full overhaul, you still will be $80 under your max budget.

I dont k lw what a basic tuneup vs a full overhaul is though. Those mean different things depending on the shop.
New bar tape, cables, housing, brakes adjusted, shifting adjusted, and chain checked for sure. If that all equals a basic tuneup plus a component costs, perfect.

A full overhaul, i would expect them to tear the buke down completely, clean and pack all bearing points with fresh grease, true and tension the wheels, and do everything already mentioned above. If the bike needs all that, then do it since itll improve the bile and ypu will be well under your max.
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