Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 07-19-06, 01:28 PM
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tune up

i just found out that a tune up is going to cost 60 dollars+parts..........holy crap why so expensive this biking thing is draining my bank account
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Old 07-19-06, 01:31 PM
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$30+/- per hour covers liability insurance, wages, overhead, etc.
Couple of hours maybe sounds a bit long but if it works for a year, you are laughing!
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What does the tune-up include??
I'd say thats a fair price for truing both wheels, adjust brakes/deraileurs and cleaning/lubing the chain. Know that its 60+ parts if they need to replace your chain, cables/housing, brake pads... so on..
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now is a good time to learn to do it yourself
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On the subject of bike tune ups, read this:
http://www.yellowjersey.org/tune-ups.html
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WOW! i'm glad my bike includes lifetime tuneups!!!!!
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Originally Posted by othsrunner09
i just found out that a tune up is going to cost 60 dollars+parts..........holy crap why so expensive this biking thing is draining my bank account
T'aint nothing compared to the cost of maintaining a car (which also requires pricier fuel and insurance).

You can and should learn to perform basic maintenance on your bike such as tune ups. Not only will you save money, but it's much more fun to ride a bike that's in excellent running order.
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Originally Posted by banerjek
T'aint nothing compared to the cost of maintaining a car (which also requires pricier fuel and insurance).
Agree. Compare the annual maintenance cost of a car, expressed as a percentage of the original purchase price, to the maintenance cost for the bike. A hundred or so annually ($8.25 a month!) for a $2,000 bike doesn't seem that horrific a price to pay if you look at the thousands you give to Exxon, your car mechanic and your insurance company every year on that $25,000 car.
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Two bike shops near me have different offers... one has a "standard" tune up for $30 or $60 gets you a complete bike strip down, cleaning, and tune up. The other shop has a $30 standard tune up or you can 5 yrs of tune ups and work done to the bike (labor.. parts are extra obviously), plus free wheel truing (on the bike), fitting, setup, and some other things that I can't remember for $60.

I use both for different things. I have the 5yr plan (comes in handy... "here, I can't get this damn thing to work, do something please"... 10 min later... "all set"... "thanks"... ride out the door without spending a penny)... the other shop is "high end" so when I totally f'd up my rear wheel, I brought it there to be rebuilt... $20.. not too bad.
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T'aint nothing compared to the cost of maintaining a car (which also requires pricier fuel and insurance)..........well its a good thing my parents pay my insurance and my dad is a mechanic so the only thing i spend money on is the 3 dollar gas, my bike and g/f....it must suckto be an adult
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