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Old 05-16-07, 09:31 AM   #1
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general question on bike shop turn-around time

EDIT - the title should read "turn-around time"

How long should it be expected to take to have a bike shop do an overhaul on an older bike, assuming no new parts need to be ordered?

Also, what do you think is the best bike shop for touring related interests/mechanics in New York City?
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Old 05-16-07, 09:46 AM   #2
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I would say at least a week, possibly two. I have gone to some places and they have had my bike done overnight. It just depends on where you are in line.
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I don't know what their turn-around time would be, but Bicycle Habitat was the only bike shop in NYC I could find that even had touring bikes in stock. You might want to start with them.
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Bike Works NYC (bikecult.com) also has touring bikes and does restorations, I guess I was just wondering where NYC tourists take their bike for repairs, tune-ups, etc.
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This time of year, it will probably take much longer. Last week, my favorite LBS had about 50 bikes parked out back, waiting for repairs. And this is suburban NJ...not quite as many bikes as NYC.
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If I had a good bike shop should be able to do a tune-up. The only touring specific part, generally, are the wheels. Would I trust a racing only or MTB only shop to know touring wheels, not really. But when it comes to a tune-up the wheels are generally proven, if there were a loose spoke of out of true wheel that's standard. Everything else is either MTB parts or oad bike parts. It's more the people there than anything else. One of my local shops is staffed by racer types, they just don't know anything about touring bikes. But if it was staffed by racing tech types who made their own frames and built them, they might be very good at solving your problems or doing tune-ups (which can often be that pipply kid in the back anyway).
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"50 bikes parked out back"

That's where a touring specific shop can help. They may be very co-operative about getting you out on tour where the comuter might get stuck in the line-up.
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Small town bike shop (Wilmington, NC): brought my bike in for a 'tune up' on monday afternoon and got it back today (wed.).
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"50 bikes parked out back"

That's where a touring specific shop can help. They may be very co-operative about getting you out on tour where the comuter might get stuck in the line-up.
Tour with a light load, but a heavy wallet. I'm sure a Jackson or two might help you bypass the queue.

But how long is this tour? Who would need a complete overhaul in the middle of a tour?
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at a time like this, where the season just started, and everyone who owns four dikes but can't do there own work bring in all there bikes, it could take 2 weeks. I brought my bike in the weekend before last for them to put on a chainguide and fix the chain, and its still there.
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