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Old 07-16-10, 10:43 PM   #1
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LBS, how much $ to install BB/crank + cut steerer tube

generally speaking here. forgot to call today and sat/sun everyone is closed!!!
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Old 07-16-10, 10:44 PM   #2
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Ask your LBS when they open.
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the suspense is too much!!
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With about 40 dollars worth of tools and grease, and about 20 mins of YouTube videos you prolly do it yourself. But hey, nothing wrong with going to your LBS.
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not going to risk busting a $750 frame :/ would rather have a professional do it
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If you're worried about "busting a frame" by installing a BB, then taking it to the LBS is probably the right thing to do.
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generally speaking here. forgot to call today and sat/sun everyone is closed!!!

If everyone is closed they cant do the work anyways. Wait till monday, and call your LBS. This thread sucks.
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cost me $60 at my LBS to have my bb and headset installed and steerer tube cut .. you may want to build it up completely first before getting your steerer tube cut though, just to be sure the stem is where you want it...
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You could buy the tools and do it yourself. It is really simple to do it.
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The only thing you don't want to F up is cutting the steerer tube. Just going at it with a hacksaw is not recommended.

The other stuff is pretty hard to mess up.

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My LBS cut my girlfriend's with a hacksaw. I think it all costed around 60 dollars, they charged me $1 each for five 5mm spacers. Don't know if that's normal.
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The only thing you don't want to F up is cutting the steerer tube. Just going at it with a hacksaw is not recommended.

The other stuff is pretty hard to mess up.
The issue isn't the hack saw. The issue is "measure twice". You can always cut a little more off. Once the fork's cut too short however, it'll always be too short. Knowing where to make the fork cut will probably be the most important and time consuming part of this project.

Prices for the kind of service you're talking about is likely to vary all across the board. In the end, what I think would be a fair price doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what price a local shop is willing to do it for.
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WTF bike shop is closed on weekends? That's exactly when people are dragging in their bikes to repair flats a adjust brakes. Which you can charge $20 for.

Call another shop. Call one in a different state since you don't care.

Further, since you won't do the work yourself, who cares what it's going to cost - you will pay what they charge you.

Further, you should do it yourself.
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My last lbs would install parts for free if you bought it from them.
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If my LBS was closed on weekends I'd find a new LBS. If all are closed then move or open up a LBS - you'll make a killing.

As for your question - if you buy the items there (hopefully "there" is a "there" that is open on weekends) you should get installed on the cheap - $25. If you bring them an internet purchase expect them to (rightly) bend you over the nearest coffee table. If you are not sure about the shop (meaning you have not been told by someone that the mechanic is good) then go to a shop that specializes in high end bikes. If the sales floor has any bike that is less than $750 (and doesn't have at least one for $4,500 or more) go somewhere else. For some odd reason, I've found shops that have a vintage track bike (A real vintage track bike. Smell the saddle. You don't smell straight bung then it ain't real.) hanging from the wall to be a good bet.
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My LBS cut my girlfriend's with a hacksaw. I think it all costed around 60 dollars, they charged me $1 each for five 5mm spacers. Don't know if that's normal.
At my LBS $60 got me a cut and threaded chromo steerer (NOS mavic carbon fork & chromo steerer), and a custom new crown race to boot... installed....
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You could buy the tools and do it yourself. It is really simple to do it.
Depends on whether you want the BB threads cleaned and the shell faced. You can't get those tools cheap. It's recommended to have the shell faced if you're going to use an outboard BB. No amount of youtube videos can prep you for that if it's your first time.
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i'd feel jipped if i had to pay more than $30 for bb/crank install + cut steerer.
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yeah uhh what kind of LBS isn't open on weekends?
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My LBS cut my girlfriend's with a hacksaw. I think it all costed around 60 dollars, they charged me $1 each for five 5mm spacers. Don't know if that's normal.
$60 to cut a steerer? How much do you pay for oil changes on your car, $150?
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The issue isn't the hack saw. The issue is "measure twice". You can always cut a little more off. Once the fork's cut too short however, it'll always be too short. Knowing where to make the fork cut will probably be the most important and time consuming part of this project.
A bike shop isn't going to spend any amount of time figuring out where to make the fork cut, they're gonna ask you how much you want off and then go in the back and cut it with a hacksaw, its not rocket surgery. If you tell them an inch and they cut an inch off and you come back complaining that they cut it to short, tough cookies, you told them. As long as your not a cock sucker they'd probably do it for free.

As far as BB installs go, my shop charges $18, and that doesn't include facing the shell. We don't even offer a shell facing service because most bikes that come with external BBs are faced at the factory, and nobody in their right mind puts external cups on a steel frame cause its not going to make it any stiffer.

You will get bent over a table by bringing internet parts in. I know that its cheaper that way, but in the long run buying parts at your LBS pays off. Once your a customer there long enough they'll start doing labor for free, giving you discounts on parts, and not to mention when your parts fail we'll do the whole warranty circle jerk for you free of charge which saves you a lot of time and hassle.

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My LBS cut my girlfriend's with a hacksaw. I think it all costed around 60 dollars, they charged me $1 each for five 5mm spacers. Don't know if that's normal.
you could have purchased twenty pipe cutters.
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