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Old 03-11-10, 03:47 PM   #1
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Tuneup through Craigslist

Have you ever done it? Can you trust a random individual to give you a tuneup for a cheap price? I see some good quoted prices.
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Old 03-11-10, 03:51 PM   #2
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I've seen those but, aside from the fact I do my own wrenching, I'd be concerned with several things. Will they do the job right (depending on what is done, this could be just an annoyance, could damage bike or damage rider), will they stand behind something if they do damage it and will you see the guy again after you hand over your bike.
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Old 03-11-10, 04:20 PM   #3
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how can you trust a bike shop? you know some of them do shoddy work too
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Old 03-11-10, 04:40 PM   #4
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Many of those individuals on Craigslist who post "bicycle services" under "bicycles" instead of "small biz ads" are folks who are operating without the following:

1. State Reseller's Permit
2. Local Business Tax
3. Without Small Business Insurance or Having Posted Bond

By posting under "For Sale > Bicycles" they are also in direct violation of Craigslist Terms of Use and are doing so on purpose knowing that they'll get better exposure in that category.

You'll find the legit operations both Legal and Craigslist-wise posting a weekly ad under "Services Offered > Small Biz Ads".

I constantly harrass those in the wrong category by reporting them to Craigslist Admins, flagging their ads, and sending them an email to join to the rest of use who are legit and follow Craigslist TOU over in the correct category. (Small Biz Ads)

When I get their actual address, I also report them to the various permit departments of the municipalities encompassed by Santa Clara County. Typically they only post their phone number - knowing full well the legit folks are watching 'em.

Do you really want to do business with someone who violates rules, and tries to hide their location?

I pay approximately 800.00 per year on only 4000.00 to 5000.00 revenue for legal and insurance expenses - so should they for a fair playing field.

Brick and mortar shops pay a hell of a lot more...

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how can you trust a bike shop? you know some of them do shoddy work too
If their work damages the bike or gets you injured, you have recourse and they most likely have insurance to make you whole. Also less likely they'll take your bike and not return it.
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Like anything with craigslist, it's hit and miss. How do you know they're legit?

If they can do the work while you wait and you have a specific problem you want them to address (poor shifting, wheel out of true, etc) then it might make some sense. You'll know whether they've actually done anything of value and there's less chance of them disappearing with your bike.
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Tuneups are really easy. Learn how to do it yourself. You'll save enough to get started on a toolset, which will let you save on other maintenance projects. bk
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I look at CL tuneups in this respect...

If they're not a good enough wrench to be at a shop with a following, then resorting to cut-rate tuneups by posting someplace they shouldn't be (usually the "Bicycles" section of CL versus the Services section doesn't warm me either to the quality I'm going to get.
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+10 I prefer to do my own work.

Depending on the bike you have, it might be worth trying someone like that. I would not let someone like that touch my Colnago... No insurance, no recourse, buyer beware....
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+10 I prefer to do my own work.

........I would not let someone like that touch my Colnago... No insurance, no recourse, buyer beware....

^^This.

If I cannot do the work myself, I take it to a shop that I know and trust. I don't mind paying the "premium" for using a good shop and getting all the benefits that are associated with it - recourse, knowledge transfer, responsibility, etc.

Maybe I'm lucky, but I have a great shop local to me and have a good relationship with the service manager.
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