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Old 06-03-17, 07:29 PM
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I have a trek 820, wondering what it would cost to have gears, brakes, gone through to make to ride like it should. Looking for good repair person in Nebraska

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You are probably looking at a $50 (one up from "the basic") tune up.
Everything is cleaned/checked/lubricated/adjusted.
How old is the bike?
Depending on how long it has been since the bike has last seen service...
(2 or 3 years? Longer...?)
You might need:

A new chain
A new 7speed freewheel
4 new brake pads
New brake/derailleur cables/housings.
(Are the tires still "good"?)

It all depends on the amount of wear that the components show.
If the bike has been stored properly, your tires and cables/housing are probably fine.
Depending on parts required, if any, - i'd budget for another $20-$80?
Maybe, in total, $100 to get your bike back on the road?
Given all the variables - just a rough guesstimate.
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Just do it yourself.
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Just do it yourself.
Though less than eloquently put and lacking an absolute understanding of the OP's mechanical skills leverl , the advice is sound.

Taking the time to learn how to do simple maintenance tasks, will lead to understanding how to do more challenging tasks. And that learning will save money and frustration while adding to one's feeling of accomplishment. Google how to do it, regarding bicycle maintenance, and you will pick up skills.

Take a look at some of the Tools you will need to do the simplest of tasks, knowing that more difficult tasks will require more sophisticated tools. You don't have to get everything at once.

As for costs, I have no idea what bicycle shops charge in the OP's area. I do know, for sure, that leaning how to do it yourself will save you money, and sometimes lots of money. Also, a bicycle does not always need repair at convenient times. Breakdowns on the road can be better understood and repairs made, if you have taken the time to learn.

Hope that is a help.
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Much depends on whether it's been ridden in awhile and also what condition it was in when put away. If it's an older steel 820 as opposed to perhaps one of the new aluminum models, there might be all kinds of surprises waiting that could add up to more $.

A basic tune-up would be adjustment only - adjust brakes, derailleurs/cables, true wheels, etc. A more extensive tune-up might replace parts in addition: chain, cables, brake pads, grips, tires & tubes, etc. An overhaul would mean a complete tear down, clean and regrease all bearing surfaces (hubs, bottom bracket, headset) in addition to replacing wear items as in the extensive tune-up.

Your bike might need anything from a basic tune-up to a complete overhaul. Without more info, impossible to guess the level of service you need.
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Just do it yourself.
He wants a professional, a "good repair person".

I would too, wrenching isn't everyone's cup of tea.
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