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Old 02-03-06, 06:25 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-03-06, 06:27 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-03-06, 07:05 PM   #3
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If it's a steel fork, can't you just spread it?
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isn't every front wheel known to man 100mm???
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Old 02-03-06, 09:05 PM   #5
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isn't every front wheel known to man 100mm???
No. My '59 Raleigh's original front hub is narrower than that.
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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.
they charge you 30 to install headset!!!

my lbs charges 7.50 for headset press. wow.
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Old 02-04-06, 12:18 AM   #7
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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.
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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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