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San Francisco shop rates $60-100 hr, your area's are?

Old 03-06-13, 10:36 AM
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San Francisco shop rates $60-100 hr, your area's are?

Latest(3/13) issue of Bicycle Retailer highlights SF bike shops in the article "Service by the Bay" and lists the hourly shop rates for a few. Here they are in sequence as in the articles: $60, $70, $90, $60, $100(City Cycle), $65. SF is a densely populated city with year round riding weather and horrendous parking, lots of riders. What do some shops in your area charge?

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Good question, Calstar. But I have no idea here. Never asked. Wouldn't let those guys at my LBS, nice as they are, touch any of my bikes.
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Old 03-06-13, 10:44 AM
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In the mid 90's in the middle of nowhere upstate NY our rate as calculated by our accountant was $38/hr.

What shop charges by the hour to work on bikes? Don't most charge a flat rate per service?
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Old 03-06-13, 10:46 AM
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Shop rates in Anchor-town run from $50-85 last time I looked (a couple years ago).
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I got a chart when I was at UBI where they called several shops. Most rates are 55-80 and that sounds about right.
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Originally Posted by that_guy_zach View Post
I got a chart when I was at UBI where they called several shops. Most rates are 55-80 and that sounds about right.
Way back (1975) the shop rate where I worked was $25 per hour.
They paid the mechanics between $4.00 and $5.50 per hour. No benefits. No overtime, no vacation, no holiday pay. A modest Christmas bonus. (they had an interesting excuse for the no overtime) No breaks, but you were paid during "lunch", you worked while you wrenched. 9 hours per day.

The shop normally grossed $120 to 200 in labor per mechanic, the flux was due to assembling bikes and shop upkeep.

In general most of the work was "flat rate"
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Originally Posted by miamijim View Post
What shop charges by the hour to work on bikes? Don't most charge a flat rate per service?
Thats what I was thinking, maybe those rates are used to figure out the flat rate charges.
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Old 03-06-13, 11:32 AM
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Most places I've worked have had interesting reasons to not pay overtime.

Interesting.
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I'm an automobile service technician (car mechanic)- our rate is $102 per hour.
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In my entire life I can't remember ever paying a bike store for any labor, EXCEPT threading forks (only because I don't have the tools). My stepfather taught me bikes rebuilding a 3 speed on the kitchen floor when I was 12. The friend in college that got me into fine 10-speeds taught me more. I've done everything myself since.

I have friends that can't even put air in their tires, they go to the shop to have it done. I was always taught to be self-sufficient.
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Old 03-06-13, 11:56 AM
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Interestingly, a couple shops around here pulled their hourly rate off of their sites. Weird.

I looked at City Cycle's packages, and they seem pretty comparable to ours in Chicago. I had always assumed that a full blown overhaul was always $225 or so? What is it in much smaller, less urban locales?
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Most of the shopes where I'm at in Denver seem reluctant to give specfic hourly rate. Best I can figure most are around $45 I know the official rate for Performance chain shops is $39.
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High Cost of living there [SFO] had me Move away.

shop overhead reflects the cost of doing business, there , Wages for the worker's only a fraction of that.


Up here there are job rates, but they are not clocked.

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I'm up in the north day aka the wine country, and it's about the same as SF proper for shop hour costs.
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Were those SF prices before or after the operation?
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I am sure they all charge by the job not hour much as we auto technicians do. The book rate where I work is not posted, but is about 175.00hr. The actual rate however is much less than that. Either way book rate has little to do with how long a job really takes.
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I think my guys charge $40/hr, but they don't use 'book rates' and often don't even charge for labor if there is a purchase of parts involved.
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The two local shops that I've used charge a flat rate per service, plus parts.
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Around here if you give 'em $30 they'll work on your bike all day.
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I have two guys I use.
One runs on organic apple juice & white wine, and cash for parts.
The other is an opera fanatic so runs on opera tickets & the odd € in the Kaffekasse.
Gotta love Frankfurt.
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Originally Posted by kroozer View Post
Around here if you give 'em $30 they'll work on your bike all day.
My dad laughed when I was a kid and told him that the neighbor must be a good mechanic, he was working on his cars all the time... My buddie goes to get an overhaul everyyear. He spends $300, includes cables/ housing, cassette and chain. Everything else is cleaned and lubed. I clean and lube regular and replace worn items. He's happy, I'm happy.
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I pay $5 to have a headset installed and adjusted. $2 for the odd wheel lacing that I don't have the time for. The rest I do myself. It's a losing proposition to buy my own tools, but I do it anyway.
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Originally Posted by Shp4man View Post
I'm an automobile service technician (car mechanic)- our rate is $102 per hour.
The garage where I pumped gas as a kid (in the UK), had a sign hanging in the reception area which read: "Our rates are £20/hour for labour, £25/hour if you watch and £30/hour if you help)



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In the last 6 years, the only time I remember using an LBS for work was removing a cotter pin from a Raleigh Sport crank. They only charged me for the new pin, I think is was $3. I stopped letting a shop work on my bike when I ordered a freewheel. When the freewheel arrived, they called and told me to bring the bike in and they would replace it for free. When I got there, they told me I could pick up my bike in a week. I attempted to just leave the rear wheel. They said for some reason they needed the whole bike. I have done all my own wrenching from that point on.
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