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What should a tune-up include and how much should it cost?

Old 06-19-16, 08:26 PM
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What should a tune-up include and how much should it cost?

Is there a standard definition of what services are included or do these vary by bike shop? Should this include, for example, a cable replacement, or would that be a surcharge, as needed?

Lastly, should a good tune-up involve disassembling stuff, or is it just turning a hex wrench here, screwdriver there, etc.?
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Old 06-20-16, 06:29 AM
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It varies by shop. It's a car term that was sort of transferred to bikes, but I don't think it really applies.
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Old 06-20-16, 06:45 AM
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Around here tuneups are ~$85 and that's just for labor and consumables like lube. It includes cleaning, adjusting hubs and headset as needed, truing wheels, lubing pivots/chain, checking and torquing fasteners (stem, cranks, pedals, etc.), checking/straightening derailleur hangers, adjusting brakes and derailleurs. It also attends to minor things like putting new caps on cable ends, tightening/aligning loose accessories, etc.. Assuming no part is malfunctioning or excessively worn, the bike should be working great afterwards. Overhauling hubs, bb, headsets, or replacing tires/tubes, cables, chains, bar tape, or any other components incur additional labor and materials.
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tune up is a generic term... it means a different things to different people.
Your shop should tell you what all their tune up includes, and the price should reflect the time it takes to do what they tell you they are doing...their shop labor rates should be posted and you can get a ball park figure from that...around here, "tune-ups vary from 50 to 85 dollars...if parts are needed, there will be additional charges...learning the skills to do your own tune up will save you not only money... but IMO more importantly, time. Consider the time it takes you to take your bike to the shop, and if you have to leave it...and go back and pick it up...
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One LeveL is like a safety check , the more complete one includes a Lot of cleaning, the bike owner neglects to do..
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Wheel truing, I didn't think that would be included. OK, bottom line, sounds like this needs to be considered on a per-shop basis. Thanks for the input.
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Generally shops place a "tune up" in one of three categories: a basic tune up, a once a year tune up, and an overhaul of bicycle. Just depends on how much you ride/abuse the bike.
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Is there a standard definition of what services are included or do these vary by bike shop? Should this include, for example, a cable replacement, or would that be a surcharge, as needed?
At most shops parts are not included in the price of a tuneup.
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