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    My name is Alex Lilcphoto's Avatar
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    Looking for some help in PDX

    I recently purchased a headset and bottom bracket and would love to take the time to install them myself, however I have no interest in purchasing a specific tool for a one time job.

    Is there anybody located in Portland OR, with the tools that might be willing to teach me and help me out?

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    Your LBS might let you watch and ask questions while they install them.
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    I've noticed that a lot of people on BF live at the Portland airport. What's up with that? Been through there many times, and it's nice enough, but geez...
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    I guess it just frustrates me that I was on the lookout for a specific chris king color, and they would not order it for me (even though they state they can get anything chris king makes), and now that I have purchased it from another vendor they want to charge double to install it. $40 for a headset, $30 for a bottom bracket...

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    Even low paid Bike mechanics should live indoors.

    looks like a hundred bike shops in Portland

    http://bikeportland.org/

    how about http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/
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    take it to the vendor that you bought it from. maybe a bike co-op? the link that Fietsbob listed appears to be a co-op
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    The community Cycling Center is definitely my next go-to, I just figured I would ask my local online community if there is someone that would like to help out, make it a little more personal, and perhaps gain a bike friend as well.

    No can do on the vendor, I had to purchase it from an online shop up near Seattle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilcphoto View Post
    I guess it just frustrates me that I was on the lookout for a specific chris king color, and they would not order it for me (even though they state they can get anything chris king makes), and now that I have purchased it from another vendor they want to charge double to install it. $40 for a headset, $30 for a bottom bracket...
    Yikes! Is this on a bike that already has a headset/stem/bars and BB/crank on it? If so, I retract my yikes and replace it with a "that sounds about right".
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    I'd offer to help, but I always use the wrong tools for popping headsets in, so I'd be scared to screw up a King.

    Besides, I'm in Vancouver and most folks in Portland can't bear to come up here
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    CK says to use special fittings on the headset press to install theirs.

    they sell the fittings for Park Headset tools..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Yikes! Is this on a bike that already has a headset/stem/bars and BB/crank on it? If so, I retract my yikes and replace it with a "that sounds about right".
    Kilo TT Stripper headset and bottom bracket not the best...especially in Oregon. I love the idea of supporting local businesses, and I just so happen to live less than a mile from Chris King.

    @LesterOfPuppets, I thought about trying to put it in myself as Chris King's website states it can be done with caution, but like you said, I would hate to screw up a brand new headset (especially since its gold)

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    Oh, so it is on a bike that's already built. Service rates are reasonable, then. Removing old HS can be a bit of a pain. If it was a bare frame which required no facing, then those prices would be kinda high.
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    Again, it's not that I have an issue paying to get it done. I was just hoping to be able to do it myself, without purchasing the special tools for a one time job... and to make a friend in the process. Aside from the Community Cycling Center (which hasn't gotten back to me yet), 21st Avenue Bikes can do it for $65.

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    That place out on Belmont has workstand/tool rental, just bring your bike in and wrench away (oops, you gotta reserve a time, I reckon). Check it out:

    http://www.bicyclerepaircol.net/workspace.html
    1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple

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