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Old 05-12-10, 06:36 PM   #1
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What is a fair price for repairs/labor

This seems to be the best forum for this post, but correct me if I am wrong as I am new here. I do most of my own repairs and work if I can but I am curious as to what fair labor prices are. For example today I went to a shop and asked what it would cost to install a new threadless fork on my mountain bike. What about a "tune-up," are those worth the money? and if so what should they cost?
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Where is the line that you cross when you stop doing your own work and rely on the shop? For me it is when I don't have a specialized tool for a job and the price of the tool exceeds the cost of the work. You can tune your own bike - the work they do on tune-ups is easily learned, and if you study enough, will not create a self-imposed safety hazard.
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Does the threadless fork need to be cut? Do you already own it, or are you buying the fork there?

Also, tune-up costs depend on exactly what's offered- the biggest difference I've seen is the inclusion or omission of wheel truing.

In my experience, expect any labor to add up to no less than $50 an hour.
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36-80 an hr usualy around 60. i have seen tuneups range from 40-80
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In my experience, expect any labor to add up to no less than $50 an hour.
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This seems to be the best forum for this post, but correct me if I am wrong as I am new here. I do most of my own repairs and work if I can but I am curious as to what fair labor prices are. For example today I went to a shop and asked what it would cost to install a new threadless fork on my mountain bike. What about a "tune-up," are those worth the money? and if so what should they cost?
Fork install will run you about $20-$30. Lesser for a brand new install on frame, and more for a replacement.
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+1 $60 per hour, +/-.
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[QUOTE=Toddorado;10803396]Where is the line that you cross when you stop doing your own work and rely on the shop? For me it is when I don't have a specialized tool for a job and the price of the tool exceeds the cost of the work. QUOTE]

Yeah, I agree with that. It seems to me that replacing my fork and possibly cutting it wrong isnt worth the risk. I bought the fork all gung ho that I could do it myself but am backing out. I got a quote of $20 (american) to do the whole thing and I am more than happy to pay.
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Yeah, I agree with that. It seems to me that replacing my fork and possibly cutting it wrong isnt worth the risk. I bought the fork all gung ho that I could do it myself but am backing out. I got a quote of $20 (american) to do the whole thing and I am more than happy to pay.
That is more than fair for the many miles of enjoyment you will have with your fork.
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Labor rates vary greatly by city and season.
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$20 is a spectacular bargain.
Where are you and what is the name of the shop?
They have to cut it-probably-remove the lower race on your old fork, remove the brakes from the old fork-reinstall everything-adj the brakes.
I can't see it taking less then 30 minutes, and I would expect to be charged for a full hour.
$50 would have been fair in most of the USA.
I have never used a shop, but $20 is very very reasonable.
Most folks on the forum are very frugel-and mechanically inclined-so they do their own work.
Shops have lots of overhead.They have to charge a fair price-especially when they aren't making anything on the sale of a part.
Bargain!
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$20 is a spectacular bargain.
That's what I was thinking. I'd have to really hustle and slam-bang through the job to get 'er done fast enough for $20 to make it worth my while.
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The $20 rate is suspiciously low, and points out the fallacy of trying to decide a fair rate. If I needed a shop to do work for me I would pay more if I knew they had a reputation for quality, guaranteed work and that they alloted jobs according to the skill of the worker. Paying $15 for a bike assembly person to true a wheel is no bargain compared to $20 or even $25 for it to be done by someone experienced with building wheels as well as bringing bent ones back from near death.
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Old 05-13-10, 07:17 AM   #14
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In building up my new Nashbar touring frame I decided to have a shop install the headset, cut the fork and do the bottom bracket install.

Total for all of that was about $30 -- Seemed worth it to me.
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Here in NYC, many shops have spring tune-up specials that range from $50-$75...as far as pure labor rates, my experiences have seen a range from $35-$50 recently. I totally concur with Toddorado in this thread, its all learn-able...thats how I started my shop.
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