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    Average LBS cost for this service..

    Im working on an old Schwinn frame I bought and Ive run into 2 problems, 1 expected and one not. I expected to buy a new headset but I didnt expect my fork not to be wide enough to hold my front wheel. So Im going to buy a new fork and new headset. I thought this would be something I could do but this is my first build so I think Id rather have it done by someone with the right tools and know how. How much on average do you think they would charge to install a headset and fork?

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    Headset - $30, and if you buy the fork from them or nice enough, they might put the fork on for you free. Otherwise, probably $5-10 for that.

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    If it's a steel fork, can't you just spread it?
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

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    isn't every front wheel known to man 100mm???

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    Quote Originally Posted by 531phile
    isn't every front wheel known to man 100mm???
    No. My '59 Raleigh's original front hub is narrower than that.
    One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach -- all the damn vampires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absntr
    Headset - $30, and if you buy the fork from them or nice enough, they might put the fork on for you free. Otherwise, probably $5-10 for that.
    they charge you 30 to install headset!!!

    my lbs charges 7.50 for headset press. wow.

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    if its an old frame and if its a conversion.
    Just save yourself the money and cold set your fork to 100mm spacing youself.
    Just use a few 2X4's and apply leverage.
    If you screw up, then buy the fork.
    physics hertz.

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    Is this old schwinn like a 26 1/8 wheel bike or something like a speedster?

    Just curious how that works out for ya in case it is.

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    what kind of schwinn is it?
    i converted am 86 schwinn sprint and found that i had to spread the forks a tad. bike is fine though

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    i had a raleigh fork spaced at 96, i think. i just carefully spread it. its not too difficult if u are careful about it...

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