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Old 02-21-07, 09:46 AM   #1
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Bike Rebuild Cost

Hi, i have just recently got back into biking since oh.... 12 years old maybe (i'm 20 now ). Anyway, I've got a schwinn sidewinder for $150. Before you start flaming I have read on this forum that BB schwinns are the same as bikes sold in LBS, granted you won't get much for $150 either way. Anyway, I have a bit a mechanical background but know nothing about bikes. But, the gearing system on this one seems to be set up wrong, its missing gears and now has jammed the chain. Its a shimano S.I.S derailer. So, how much would you estimate it would cost for an LBS to break the bike down and rebuild it?
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Old 02-21-07, 12:19 PM   #2
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Absolute minimum is aroung $50.00.

Actual price could be a lot more depending on what has to be done and what parts (if any) have to be replaced.
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So, how much would you estimate it would cost for an LBS to break the bike down and rebuild it?
If you want the shop to completely disassemble your bike, clean and inspect everything, then reassemble it to perfect working condition (i.e. a complete overhaul), you can easily expect to spend what the entire bike cost - $150 to $200.

Your best bet is to work on it yourself using knowledge from web sites like and
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There's nothing wrong with your bike.
This happens to all new bikes. New cables stretch and need to be adjusted soon after they're purchased.
Look where the cable enters the rear derailleur, there's a knob. Turn it counterclockwise one quarter turn. If that does the trick you're done. If not, turn it one eighth turn and test ride. Repeat until it works.
If it still doesn't work then you probably need to adjust the cable stops.
Get on Sheldon Brown's site for instruction.
If you still can't get it to work then go to a bike shop. Have them explain the problem to you so that next time you can do it yourself.
Now it's time for me to admonish you for buying that bike.
For around $350 MSRP you could have had a first rate bike from an LBS.
The LBS would have helped you for free in the break in period.
The Kona Smoke is my favorite in this price range.
You are going to love riding and you will soon tire of the Schwinn.
You'll end up doing what you should have done in the first place and the Schwinn will be a waste.
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There are lots of folks who can adjust stuff on their bikes themselves. But, I've had much better success with the guys at the corner bike shop. Now that I've built a relationship with them, they will often stop what they are doing to make a quick adjustment to my brakes or shifters. If it is a job that just takes two or three minutes (and many adjustments take a skilled tech less time than that, they often charge me nothing.

I'd suggest having a tech at a bike shop in your neighborhood adjust the shifting and the brakes, check the wheel truing, and just look over the bike for any loose bolts or bearings that need adjustment. If no problems are found, this sort of "light" tune-up should cost less than $50.

The BEST reason to buy a bike from the bike shop on the corner, rather than from Wal-Mart, is that these sorts of adjustments are done before you ride off on the bike. And, most bike shops ask you to bring the bike back in a few weeks for another "free" tune-up. During the break-in period, cables stretch, wheels go out of true, bolts get good shops want to look over your bike after you have put ten or twenty hours of riding into it.

Why does the "best" bike at Wal-Mart sell for $150 when the cheapest bike at a neighborhood shop sells for closer to $300? A good shop puts as many hours into assembling, adjusting, fitting, and tuning a $300 bike as they would a $3,000 bike. That investment of time by skilled techs is the difference between a bike that is barely rideable, and a bike that is a joy to ride.
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