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Old 08-27-06, 04:39 PM   #1
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I was at a local bike shop and I was told that I would have to have an aftermarket headset PRESSED in. Is this true? The only reason why I question it is b/c they've actually told me not to waste my time on aftermarket parts, just buy a $2500 bike from them instead...... Crappy customer service if you ask me.
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I was told that I would have to have an aftermarket headset PRESSED in.
correct, but you can do it at home with some ingenuity
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Old 08-27-06, 04:50 PM   #3
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any tips on how to do so? I don't wanna screw anything up. I still need to actually buy the headset, stem, handlebars, and seat before I can even ride
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The only reason why I question it is b/c they've actually told me not to waste my time on aftermarket parts, just buy a $2500 bike from them instead...... Crappy customer service if you ask me.
If you are building up a bike, they is some truth to this. If you bought a $2500 bike from the lbs, it would probably cost $3000 to build up with seperate parts.

That said, if you are doing a specific build with exactly the parts you want, then you might not like what they have to offer. so yeah, dont listen to them
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Why is having them do this such a problem? Buy you headset where ever you please and then have the shop press your headset. Pressing a headset correctly is very important, bike shops use $100+ tools to do it. If you really must do it your self here is a link on how to mack your own headset press.

http://www.mbaction.com/detail.asp?id=1440

http://www.instructables.com/id/E4FN...6CNS/?ALLSTEPS

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Old 08-27-06, 06:29 PM   #6
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well, I don't necessarily have a problem w/ paying someone to do it "right" for me. I'm just kinda leary of having them do the work b/c they are probably gonna try to screw me over. I'm perfectly mechanically inclined, I trust my abilities, just wanted a 2nd opinion. Plus, I figured some of you guys knew what you were talking about. Thanks for the write ups, I was actually thinking something like that before I read it, good to know there is a lil bit more detail to it ! Thanks guys! Peace, Wes
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If you are building up a bike, they is some truth to this. If you bought a $2500 bike from the lbs, it would probably cost $3000 to build up with seperate parts.

That said, if you are doing a specific build with exactly the parts you want, then you might not like what they have to offer. so yeah, dont listen to them

Oh I agree w/ you totally, but this is something I think I'm fully capable of doing myself..... So why not try . HOWEVER, if I do mess up installing the headset, I'll pay the $50 to have it put in .
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Oh wow!!! $50 to have a headset pressed that insane!! Go find your self a new lbs.
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Oh wow!!! $50 to have a headset pressed that insane!! Go find your self a new lbs.

LOL, so I take it that is high? I thought it was kinda high too, but wasn't sure. What's a reasonable price?
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$10!!!!

If you've got the headset press, it takes no more than 5 mins. That's taking your time doing it!
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http://www.mindspring.com/~d.g1/headset.html
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What he said. $50 is insane, go find a new shop.
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$50 for a headset installed is more reasonable! $40 parts, $10 labor!
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WOW, thanks for all of your help guys. I appreaciate the heads up. Expect more rookie/noobie questions from me haha! Thanks again, Wes
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