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How much to build up a frame at LBS?

Old 02-21-08, 11:33 AM
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How much to build up a frame at LBS?

It is reasonable to show up at my LBS with a frame and a box of parts and have them build it up for me? How much should I expect to pay for that? I could do some of it, but I'm no mechanic. Thanks for the info.
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Old 02-21-08, 11:38 AM
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~$100
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Originally Posted by Plissken!
~$100
Sounds about right to me. However I have noticed that some shops won't build up bikes if everything was bought online. Not sure if that applies to you or not.
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Bare frame with parts in boxes is $150 around here. Hell, I charge $100-125 and I have almost no overhead.
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Old 02-21-08, 07:29 PM
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in NYC- quoted $200 for most places, I think one place was $175.
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$180 where I work.
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Local LBS's website shows $65 (plus $7.50 for handlebar tape).

For some of the prices shown above you could almost certainly buy the tools and do it yourself with money left over. It just is not that difficult.
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52$ (i did the tape myself, not that it would have mattered).
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Sounds about right to me. However I have noticed that some shops won't build up bikes if everything was bought online. Not sure if that applies to you or not.
that's downright idiotic on the LBS part, worthy of an economic Darwin Award.
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Old 02-21-08, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Sounds about right to me. However I have noticed that some shops won't build up bikes if everything was bought online. Not sure if that applies to you or not.
I wouldn't support a shop with that mentality.
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My LBS (Tread Bike Shop, Bronx, NY) will do it for $100, regardless if the parts were bought online, used, etc.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Sounds about right to me. However I have noticed that some shops won't build up bikes if everything was bought online. Not sure if that applies to you or not.
That is a ... find a new LBS time.
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Just learn to do it for yourself and take it to the lbs for some of the small things you might not have tools for. It's worth it (and fun) to learn!

I took everything off my frame today except for the headset and bb, which I'm going to do on saturday, then I'm going to rebuild it with a friend.

I can't wait to learn

Plus, a 100 bucks seems like a LOT to pay someone to do something. You could probably get all the tools you need for that much.
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i believe my LBS charges $100 to assemble it but i believe thats the starting price depending what work needs to be done besides simply building the bike up. such as problems with part compatibility or threading problems on the bottom bracket.
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Invest in some tools. I always build up my own bikes, but I pay the shop to do the stuff that requires the ultra expensive tools, such as installing a headset and facing shells.
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putting a bike together is very easy, but it can be a bidtch without a stand. Maybe you can go to an educational/co-op type place and use their tools/knowledge.
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Old 02-21-08, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Just learn to do it for yourself and take it to the lbs for some of the small things you might not have tools for. It's worth it (and fun) to learn!

I took everything off my frame today except for the headset and bb, which I'm going to do on saturday, then I'm going to rebuild it with a friend.

I can't wait to learn

Plus, a 100 bucks seems like a LOT to pay someone to do something. You could probably get all the tools you need for that much.
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NOTHING gets you more connected with your bike than building her up... and it's a blast!!!!!

I think that all cyclists should build up their bikes...
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Old 02-21-08, 08:56 PM
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"Give a man $100-$200 and they get a bike built up. Hook him up with some tools and building knowledge and he can build bikes for a lifetime."
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$150 here.
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Old 02-22-08, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Bnjmn
in NYC- quoted $200 for most places, I think one place was $175.

Roys in Sheepshead Bay charges $150.
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I'm bringing my IRO track back to Bike Cult in NYC tomorrow. I have a new larger size frame, and everything comes off the built bike and put onto the new frame. I'll let you know soon what they charge. I expect it'll be a bit over $100.
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My LBS charged me $50 to:
-faced BB and installed crankset
-installed headset, stem, handlebars, and shifters
-installed derailleurs (but did not tune, wheelset hadn't arrived yet)
-routed cables to derailleurs and shifters
-put on chain
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Wow, must be the area, but I paid $250..They must've seen me coming!!
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Originally Posted by oc_rider
Wow, must be the area, but I paid $250..They must've seen me coming!!
125$ an hour?
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Getting tools is a great idea, if you know what to do with them. Having a bench, a stand and a board full of Park tools doesn't make you a mechanic.
And if you can get all of the (proper) tools needed to build a bike (properly) for $100, you're a better shopper than everyone.
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