I want to get a Shimano Flight Deck computer with a wired (not wireless) harness installed on my road bike, a Trek 1200C.
One mechanic at my LBS quoted me about $100 for the computer and wired harness, about $10 below list, plus $35 for the install.
When the parts arrived, a different mechanic said he would have to charge me list on the parts (not a biggie), the $35 install fee, plus an extra $35 for new tape and rewrapping, because the install would destroy the original tape. He said if the original mechanic forgot to quote the extra $35 to me, he had made a mistake.
First, my opinion: $35 seems way overpriced for new tape, especially since the LBS' web site lists tape for $21 max.
Second, a question: should it be necessary to wrap the handlebars with new tape to install a Flight Deck with a wired mount? Couldn't the wires be attached on top of the tape, or couldn't the tape be rewrapped without destroying it?