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    Do LBS change your tires for you?

    Say I buy a new set of tires, would they change them? My bike has 2 yrs free tune ups, so if I went in would they do it all at once?

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    The bike shop I use charges $11.00 per tire, so $22.00 for both.

    Whenever you take you bike in for tuneups, etc., get cozy with the mechanic. Everyone of these occasions is a chance to receive bicycle maintenance training.
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    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Mine did.

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    It is easy and a good skill to learn. I would try it yourself if you feel up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    The bike shop I use charges $11.00 per tire, so $22.00 for both.
    $11 to change a tire?

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    I only pay $8 per tire at the local garagre to get my CAR tires changed!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    $11 to change a tire?
    That's price of a medium pizza which isn't free.
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    Just do it yourself, it's SOOO easy!

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    Yeah but if you're like me, you've done it enough in the past not to need practise and im lazy.

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    My LBS would if I asked them to. But I'd rather save their time to fix bikes that are broken or tune mine up when it needs it. I would just feel like I'm wasting their time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by free_pizza
    $11 to change a tire?
    Maybe they charge that much because they would rather the customer took the time to learn to change their own tire. It is a good thing to know the first time they are out riding and end up with a flat.

    Either that or they just don't want to mess with it.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    Maybe they charge that much because they would rather the customer took the time to learn to change their own tire. It is a good thing to know the first time they are out riding and end up with a flat.

    Either that or they just don't want to mess with it.
    You're right. The price has to be set such that it does not encourage too many requests for tire changes while at the same time pay the time for mechanics.

    The OP asked it there was a charge and how much. If we had post that listed other bike shop charges we could more accurately determine if the price is consistent with other shops.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    I find charging for a tire change stupid. It takes all of 5 mins for a change, and if you just bought the tires from them, mounting them isnt a high expectation.

    Fortunatly my lbs feels the same way and offered to change them without me even hinting at it. Gave my bike a quick once over too, including throwing both my wheels on the truing stand and tightening a few spokes (granted they were slow). He spent less than 10 mins on my bike and its stuff like that which earns my buisiness (and him a tip) almost everytime. Cost the shop nothing to do what they did (the wrench was already on the clock) and it will earn them future buisiness from me, and many referrals. If they wanted to charge me $11 to mount tires i just bought, id probably be looking for a new shop.

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    Wait I just had a brain cramp. The charge was $11.00 to replace a tube. I am not sure what the charge would for a tire. Especially if tire was purchased.
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    11$ for a tube replacement is outrageous too... changing a tube is just as easy as changing a tire.

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    When I was commuting in Africa the local car garage had one mechanic who fixed bike flats. One Rand or about 60 cents US. Included taking the tire off and putting it back on. Allowing for the passage of 32 years and the cost of living there $11.00/tire seems OK.
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    I change them myself, but then I do all my work on my bikes, and a 1/3 of the bikes that come into the shop.
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    Some of the minor LBS work can be 'costly'. $11 for a tyre change is a lot...where i work we charge about $7AUD for a tyre change, and $4 for a tube change. Its easy money thats for sure.

    Its good to learn how to do it yourself. Flak, being lazy is no excuse . I can change 2 tubes in about 2min if that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaolin_sword36
    Say I buy a new set of tires, would they change them? My bike has 2 yrs free tune ups, so if I went in would they do it all at once?
    They could they could not. Changing tyres isn't really 'tune ups', its just something extra you are putting on the bike. However that said if you bought the bike there, and you bought tyres there, depending on how nice the manager is you should get it free, or at least a reduced cost.


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    I'd just do it myself, but I think you're LBS mechanic is willing to spend a few minutes and swap em out.

    For a fee.

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    There is no reason you can't do it yourself.

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    I was just wondering if it would hassle them to swap em out while they are tuning my bike up anyway

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    If I buy a tread or tube, they'll do it for free. Its not that I can't do it, its that they have an air compressor and its fast. Why not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaolin_sword36
    I was just wondering if it would hassle them to swap em out while they are tuning my bike up anyway
    Yes.

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    I think it depends on the type of people that work there. At me LBS, the guys are complete jerks.

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