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Old 11-25-15, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Mine took 6 hours from opening the box to riding it.





But then, some things you can't rush.
They didn't put the shifters on or run any cables? Hope they cut you a deal
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
They didn't put the shifters on or run any cables? Hope they cut you a deal
Actually, only the crankset was installed... nothing else.

4000 miles later, the only adjustment needed was the brakes due to wear. Not a single problem all season.
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Old 11-25-15, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Mine took 6 hours from opening the box to riding it.
Dang, I've almost got that much time into getting my first set of tubeless tires mounted!
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Originally Posted by cale View Post
Dang, I've almost got that much time into getting my first set of tubeless tires mounted!
Gotta love clinchers.
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Old 11-25-15, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
Gotta love clinchers.
Nice bike.
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Old 11-25-15, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by cale View Post
Nice bike.
It's been cold for the past 2 weeks so i've been attending spin class. Today it was in the high 40s so i took it out for a quick 20.

Brought a smile to my face. It was worth every penny I paid for it.
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Old 11-25-15, 09:48 PM
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I assemble bikes for Walmart.

I average 15 mins per bike, about 20 if I have to adjust the derailleurs.

All I have to install are pedals, handlebars, front wheel, seat, and any accesories (training wheels, reflectors, axel pegs)

Air up the tires and it goes to the sales floor.

I check/adjust brakes & gears, but even if I spend 3 hours on it, the bike is only as good as the parts it came with.

That's the truth about big box store bikes...
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Originally Posted by oldnslow2 View Post
It's been cold for the past 2 weeks so i've been attending spin class. Today it was in the high 40s so i took it out for a quick 20.

Brought a smile to my face. It was worth every penny I paid for it.
Nice!!! Got to love this sport.
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Old 11-25-15, 10:24 PM
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Shop mechanics can build reputations. One high end shop, near me, writes the name of the mechanic who assembled the bike and checked it out on a tag right next to the price tag for the buyer to know.
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Old 11-26-15, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
where.. show me .. never mind , I really dont care ..
What a strange response. It does nothing but explain your high post count.


Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Importing a bike that needs to be completely refurbished before it can be sold, seems like a false economy. You're replacing cheap Chinese labor with expensive American labor, yet retaining the negative brand recognition associated with cheap production. I can see the point of folding the bars and removing the pedals so it can be shipped in a smaller box, but the wheels should be correctly built, and the bearings correctly set up.
I'm pretty sure it has to do with duties - at least in Canada. A complete bike is taxed at a much higher rate than bike parts. I'm not sure at which point the parts cease to be parts and becomes a complete bike.
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Amazon gives a specific number of Seconds for their pickers to Run for the ordered item . or they get Fired.
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Amazon gives a specific number of Seconds for their pickers to Run for the ordered item . or they get Fired.
How hostile. Do they get fired right there if say, they missed the number of seconds on their fourth pic of the morning? Right in front of their coworkers? Haha
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Old 11-26-15, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Importing a bike that needs to be completely refurbished before it can be sold, seems like a false economy. You're replacing cheap Chinese labor with expensive American labor, yet retaining the negative brand recognition associated with cheap production. I can see the point of folding the bars and removing the pedals so it can be shipped in a smaller box, but the wheels should be correctly built, and the bearings correctly set up.
China vs. the U.S.: It's Just as Cheap to Make Goods in the USA - Businessweek
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You do realize that you can't reduce a 572 word article into a coherent statement by posting a link? Don't you?
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Old 11-26-15, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by cale View Post
You do realize that you can't reduce a 572 word article into a coherent statement by posting a link? Don't you?
It wasn't my intent.. Feel free to read the article yourself and attempt to make a coherent statement if you wish.
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
It wasn't my intent.. Feel free to read the article yourself and attempt to make a coherent statement if you wish.
It was a fluffy piece by a Boston Consulting Group partner and more closely resembled a promo piece, not serious analysis.

My take was that wasn't important or insightful writing. In other words, a waste of time.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
As to the original question, most bike shop bikes are put together in about 15-20 minutes. Then they endure a bunch of test rides, so another 20 minutes is often spent on a bike at purchase time, before it leaves the store.
This.

Isn't this the "general cycling discussion"? Let's not make it more than it is. Most bikes come out of a box, pre-adjusted and tuned. Only a very few need tubes cut, truing, extensive tuning, etc. I used to assemble bikes at a large store, and 15-20 minutes is right on target.
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Takes a VERY LONG TIME!

I was a pro bike mechanic almost 30 yrs. ago, but just for a few months after dropping out of college before joining the Navy. It took me about 1 hr. to assemble a bike as a pro back then. Takes me 3-4 hrs. now to assemble a BikesDirect bike. Why the difference? Because I save the zipties and packing material, not cut them, REGREASE the front/rear hubs and headset, grease and trim the cables/housing, true/tension/dish the wheels, upgrade the tires with my own, readjust brakes/derailleurs, align frame/fork/ RD hanger. I COMPLETELY OVERHAUL THE BIKE. They're LITERALLY just slapped together at the factory and ARE NOT set up properly because they are inexpensive Chinese/Taiwanese bikes. I assembled mostly Giants in the early 90's. The Giants' were set up IMMACULATELY, Only requiring front wheel/handlebar alignment and very minor derailleur/brake adjustment. There's a REASON BikesDirect bikes are so INEXPENSIVE! DO NOT BUY FROM THEM UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO WRENCH BIKES. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
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Even Treks come from the factory with their bearings set too tight. I agree with @evets11. If you think mail order bikes are such a great value, you don't know what you're missing.

I bought something similar once. It was a fixie from Nashbar. The price was so low, I didn't complain. But I had to do everything also. Lucky for me I have the skill to do it.
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Originally Posted by evets11 View Post
There's a REASON BikesDirect bikes are so INEXPENSIVE! DO NOT BUY FROM THEM UNLESS YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO WRENCH BIKES. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
Too large a generalization. I've purchased many bikes online, from BD, Nashbar, Performance, and Ibex. Road bikes, mountain bikes, single speeds. They all come in about the same approximate state of assembly, and I've never had one that took longer than 2 hours to have reasonably rideable. I've ridden bikes that were setup and serviced by a LBS, and then turned around and ridden similar BD bikes in the same day. My experience has been different from yours, and I view BD as a very viable alternative.

Your list of things YOU do on a bike is great, but not every bike needs all that. The last few I've assembled didn't even need derailler adjustments.
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
Too large a generalization. I've purchased many bikes online, from BD, Nashbar, Performance, and Ibex. Road bikes, mountain bikes, single speeds. They all come in about the same approximate state of assembly, and I've never had one that took longer than 2 hours to have reasonably rideable. I've ridden bikes that were setup and serviced by a LBS, and then turned around and ridden similar BD bikes in the same day. My experience has been different from yours, and I view BD as a very viable alternative.

Your list of things YOU do on a bike is great, but not every bike needs all that. The last few I've assembled didn't even need derailler adjustments.
Even still, two hours of labor negates the savings on mail order bikes, at least for those who have to pay for the labor.
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in # 3 , this was your famous name steel Italian race bikes ,,
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Tool wear and Re sharpening/replacement cost Externalized to all the shops selling their Brand.

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How hostile. Do they get fired right there if say, they missed the number of seconds on their fourth pic of the morning? Right in front of their coworkers? Haha
Yeah it's why I never complain to Amazon, about anything, and if I have to call them about something they'll get only good reviews regardless. They have to put up with enough from their own company, without me needing to add to it.

Assembling the bike, checking over and the overhaul if necessary, I'd personally prefer to do myself than hiring it out. Purely personal preference.
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Even still, two hours of labor negates the savings on mail order bikes, at least for those who have to pay for the labor.
Tom, I suppose for the lower end bikes that's true. A couple hours of labor will add a lot of cost to a low priced BD bike. I would never suggest BD to someone who I didn't think could do a reasonable job of assembly (which is a pretty vague phrase of course).

At the higher end of the BD pricing a few hours of assembly paid for wont' add too much to the cost of the bike, and arguably the value proposition is better. That depends on whether you want a BD bike or not I suppose.
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Good point, @billyymc. I saw an interesting video by a guy who rides 40,000 miles a year, every year. He said that he rides a bikesdirect aluminum bike. He says it's an excellent and durable bike, but he said it's necessary to replace a few things on it immediately. The most expensive thing was the crankset. Jeez, that's an expensive component. I realize he is optimizing cost, and his labor isn't worth much to me, but it's pretty unusual to spend a substantial amount of money on a new bike and replace the crankset. It works for him, but he is in a very special situation.

As I alluded to, the value of labor varies from person to person. My rule of thumb is to value my labor at one third what I get paid at my job, since I spend a third of my time there. I don't get paid overtime, so doing things I don't get paid for don't cause me to lose income.
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